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Mental Capacity Act

07th October 2016

Does The Mental Capacity Act Mean We Must Always Let Someone Take Terrible Risks?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Jim has a fairly severe learning disability. He can only say a few words; his family often understand what he...

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02nd October 2016

Hearing The Voice of the Person

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I’m very fortunate in that I’ve been asked to lead, for the new Mental Capacity Forum, on the theme of...

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09th September 2016

What do Care Providers Need to Know About LPAs?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

In many ways, you’ll be relieved to know, the answer’s pretty easy. You need to know what Lasting Powers of...

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02nd September 2016

Mrs. P and Her Dog Bobby

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I recently learned about Mrs. P, whose court case has just been reported. This lady had worked all her life,...

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26th August 2016

Restraint: What Is It, When Is It Justified, How Should We Record It?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Restraining people in a setting where they’re receiving the care and treatment they need, can feel all wrong.  Yet we...

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12th August 2016

How to “get” the Mental Capacity Act

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

“I just can’t get my head around the Mental Capacity Act – it’s too difficult!” If I had a pound for...

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31st July 2016

Best Interests: What are they, and how do we work out what they are?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

We’ve all got used to the phrase ‘best interests’. It can give a comforting glow to think that we’re making...

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25th July 2016

Covert medication: what protections are there for the person giving it and the person receiving it?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

A new case* has just been reported, dealing with covert medication.  This concerns an elderly lady in a care home,...

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14th July 2016

Movie Time with the Mental Capacity Act

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I’m really excited about the latest video on the SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) website.  It’s called Using the...

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08th July 2016

Answering Your Questions about Assessing Mental Capacity

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

When should we do it?  Why? And How?  And who should do it?  This article aims to clarify what the...

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