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Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

2017 Queen's New Year's Honours List: Rachel has been awarded the MBE for services to vulnerable people.

Rachel has huge experience and knowledge in the area of Mental Capacity, including how to recognise deprivation of liberty, when and how to assess capacity and how to go about making decisions in someone’s best interests. She is nationally recognised as a leading voice with regards to Mental Capacity, and is involved with setting the agenda as well as providing advice and information about Mental Capacity. The information, guidance and support that Rachel provides helps to ensure that the way people work is within the law and recognises that the person using services is always at the centre of any decisions made.

Rachel has an MSc in Applied Social Studies from the University of Oxford, is a qualified social worker and a mental health specialist. She has wide teaching experience and for the last 10 years has been at the forefront of educating, widening the understanding and assessing the skills of health and social care professionals in Mental Capacity.

Amongst other organisations Rachel has worked for Oxford Brookes and Bournemouth Universities, the Centre for Applied Mental Health Law, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, Health Education England, Care England, and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

She is part of the Leadership Group of the National Mental Capacity Forum (chaired by Baroness Finlay): Rachel leads specifically on ‘hearing the voice of the person.’

For the last 5 years Rachel has been working with the Care Quality Commission in various roles, but always with a focus on increasing knowledge and understanding of the Act, and ensuring that the Act is embedded into all the relevant policies, procedures, publications and methodologies. Most recently she has been the National Professional Advisor to the CQC on all aspects of mental capacity

Despite being highly educated and respected by government and other senior bodies, Rachel is highly motivated to make the concepts within the MCA and Human Rights as easy to understand as possible, and comes with a truly person centred approach. She recognises the difficulties people sometimes have with relating the Act to practice on the ground. She is determined to ‘cut through’ the perceived jargon, complexities and barriers to make the issues of capacity and human rights easily understood and implemented.

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