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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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.

Smoking ban is upheld at Scotlands State Hospital despite patients earlier victory

BMJ, 14 August 2014

A patient at the State Hospital in Carstairs, Scotland, has failed in his bid to overturn a ban on smoking at the secure psychiatric establishment. Charles McCann, who has schizophrenia and has been…

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