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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Understanding the legislative landscape in mental health

NHS Confederation, 15 September 2015

The Mental Health Network (MHN) have produced a briefing Horizon scanning: The legislative landscape in mental health aimed at bringing members up to speed on some of the legal developments relevant to mental health which have taken place in the last twelve months as well as some of the legislative proposals currently under consideration.

Click here for further information and to access the briefing.

Fact sheets for frontline staff working in the criminal justice system who come into contact with people with learning disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, May 2015

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have created a range of fact sheets and information resources to help frontline services staff assist people with Learning Disabilities who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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New Mental Health Act Code of Practice published

NHS Confederation, 1 April 2015

The revised Mental health Act Code of Practice is now in effect, replacing the 2008 Code.

The revised Code seeks to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes involving the patient and as appropriate, their families and carers in discussions about the patient’s care at every stage; providing personalised care; minimising the use of inappropriate blanket restrictions, restrictive interventions and the use of police cells as places of safety.

Click here for further information from the NHS Confederation website.

Click here to download the new code of practice.

New Legal Publications from Mind

Mind, January 2015

Mind have launched a range of new online legal publications aiming to explain in a simple and practical way what a person’s legal rights are, and what they can do to assert them. The publications should enable everyone to better understand complex subjects such as the Mental Capacity Act and employment discrimination.

Click here for more information and to download the publications.

Advance Planning for People with Bipolar Disorder

East Midlands Academic Science Network, February 2015

This guide has been developed by NHS and university partners and is based on extensive research involving people with Bipolar Disorder and is designed to help them advance plan for times when they might be unwell. The booklet will help people with Bipolar Disorder to understand the Mental Capacity Act and navigate the law.  The booklet has the potential to support people with Bipolar Disorder by helping them to retain control as well as protect their welfare, property and finances during periods where they may experience a loss of capacity.

Click here to download a copy of the booklet.

Click here for more information on the project.

 

Council unlawfully deprived woman of liberty due to ignorance of Mental Capacity Act

Community Care, 26 September 2014

A council multiply breached the human rights of a learning disabled woman after unlawfully depriving her of her liberty, due to practitioners’ ignorance of the Mental Capacity Act 2005…

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