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Mental Capacity Act

09th October 2018

Jimmy’s story: ‘Best Interests’ unpacked

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  I’ve come across a situation recently that I want to share with you. This particular situation concerned someone living with...

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25th September 2018

Plans to replace DoLS: what do we know so far?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  I don’t want you all to worry too much about the plans to replace the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS)...

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13th August 2018

Supporting people to make their own decisions

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  Central to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) are its principles.  Firstly, we must never assume people can’t decide how to...

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11th June 2018

Restraint and Deprivation of Liberty: Top five things you need to know!

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Recently I gave you five ‘Top Tips’ on the framework of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). Here, as promised, are...

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03rd May 2018

Mental Capacity Act: Top Five Things you Need to Know

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

    I’ve been challenged to give you, in five ‘Top Tips’, the headlines of what health and care staff need to...

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29th March 2018

MCA in Nursing Homes

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Get the Basics Right Most of you will know by now that I do get bees in my bonnet and am...

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03rd January 2018

Advance Decisions: What do we Need to Know?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

    I’ve been asked this a lot recently – particularly after recent publicity about a woman named Brenda, whose advance decision...

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07th December 2017

Managing Risk When Someone Might Lack Capacity

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  It’s a real puzzle when someone who lacks capacity to understand risk is nonetheless determined to do something where you...

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17th November 2017

Hearing The Voice Of The Person With Dementia

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Last week, I was honoured to be part of the 8th National Dementia Care Awards, which were sponsored by QCS....

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09th October 2017

Happy Birthday MCA!

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) came into effect on 1 October 2007. After a full ten years of the...

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