Is Person-Centred Care Still a Luxury?

Yesterday, I heard 2 heart-warming stories of how care homes had considered how they might provide a person-centred service to their residents.  The first was a gentleman who, along with some other residents had spent his whole adult life working in and running pubs.  His short-term memory had declined but he often spoke about drinks, […]

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Hello Liberty Protection Safeguards, We’ve Been Expecting You

Yesterday (13th March 2017), the Law Commission published it’s long awaited report about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty.  It’s a biggie and if you prefer the summary, it can be found here.  The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) have been fraught with criticism since their inception in 2009.  None less […]

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Mental Capacity Train The Trainer

Would you like to have a mental capacity champion in your workplace? Someone who can train your staff team and ensure good practice throughout. At the moment the best that most organisations can achieve is to send each member of staff to a half or whole day generic training session…. But all that’s about to […]

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Mental Capacity: Best Interest Decisions

The Mental Capacity Act is very clear that an assessment of a person’s capacity to make a decision shouldn’t be based simply upon their age, appearance, assumptions about their condition or any aspect of their behaviour. And of course it should be presumed that a person has capacity to make a decision unless it can […]

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: The Future Looks a Little Less Clear

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Yesterday the Law Commission published their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Interim Statement. It follows their consultation paper published in July 2015 which set out a complete overhaul of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and proposed a new ‘Protective Care’ scheme that was wider in scope than the current […]

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Mental Capacity: Communication

When we last spoke, I shared a brief story of how thoughtful communication can be the difference between assessing a person as having capacity to make a decision or not. Today, I’d like to share two different aspects of communication in relation to assessing mental capacity. First, in order to assess a person as having […]

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Mental Capacity Assessments

I’m sometimes asked by people if I can develop a tool that will help their staff assess a person’s mental capacity; a series of questions that they can use to ensure their mental capacity assessments are consistent. Now don’t get me wrong, I applaud anyone who wants to fine-tune their skills in this area and […]

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