Government response to No voice unheard, no right ignored

Department of Health, November 2015

This response sets out proposals to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions and their families. Significantly the government has announced people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions who are at risk of hospital admission will get a named social worker to challenge decisions about their care.

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European Convention on Human Rights Article 2: investigations into mental health incidents

Department of Health, November 2015

This guidance is for NHS organisations deciding whether to carry out an independent investigation to satisfy the state’s obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. NHS bodies implicated in serious incidents may be considered ‘state agents’ for the purposes of Article 2.

The procedures to be followed when managing a serious incident are set out in the NHS England Serious Incident Framework – Supporting learning to prevent recurrence .

This document, when read together with the framework, replaces the Department of Health guidance ‘Independent investigations of adverse events in mental health services’, published in 2005.

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Dementia, rights, and the social model of disability

Mental Health Foundation, September 2015

This paper describes the social model of disability in relation to dementia, as well as national and international law that is informed by it or that it connects with. It goes on to describe tools that can be used to apply the model through policy, practice, service and community development.
Using the social model of disability has implications for the rights of people with dementia under the law, for disability discourse and public policy, and for how dementia is experienced and perceived by people with dementia and their carers, as well as how it is viewed and discussed in public.

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Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 23 February 2015

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the findings of an inquiry into how the human rights of detainees with mental health conditions are protected across the health, prison and police settings. The Inquiry found failures to learn from lessons and implement recommendations has contributed to the deaths of people with mental health conditions detained across these settings.

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