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Mental Capacity Act

27th April 2022

Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS): what do they mean, how can care providers be ready? [including a free webinar!]

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Rachel Griffiths, Human Rights and Mental Capacity Consultant to Quality Compliance Systems (QCS), the leading provider of content, guidance and...

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30th September 2021

Mental Capacity Act Myth Busters

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

True or false, only a doctor can assess someone’s capacity? Still unsure? Don’t worry Rachel Griffiths, MBE, dispels 10 common...

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08th September 2020

Mental Capacity and Human Rights – New NICE Quality Standard (Last update: 08.09.20)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has brought out a useful Quality Standard (QS) on decision-making and...

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31st January 2020

Risk Assessment and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Care providers sometimes consult me when they’ve had a critical inspection – and often the decision-making around the Mental Capacity...

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31st January 2020

Getting Ready for the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

We updated you in the summer on how things were getting on with plans to put the LPS into practice. ...

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31st January 2020

How to assess capacity right

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Managers are horrified if their rating goes from ‘Good’ to ‘Requires Improvement’.  Three common errors relate to mental capacity assessment: ...

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31st January 2020

The risks of a ‘closed culture’

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

In recent internal guidance, CQC inspectors have been told to operate a ‘low threshold for deciding to carry out a...

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29th July 2019

Liberty Protection Safeguards: Dates for your diary!

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published an open letter in...

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25th June 2019

Overview of the Liberty Protection Safeguards: Frequently Asked Questions

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  When will we have to start using the LPS instead of DoLS? The government hasn’t yet decided on that, though it is...

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28th May 2019

Liberty Protection Safeguards: What will they mean for Adult Social Care?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  The liberty protection safeguards (LPS) have now finished their parliamentary journey, and at last we can see what the framework...

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