This course is aimed at medical, nursing and other health and social care professionals who frequently encounter issues around decision-making capacity whilst caring for their patients. The course is unique in that it is directly informed by the latest research in the field and taught by psychiatric and legal experts on capacity. Students can expect to learn advanced skills relating to how to approach, manage and record complex capacity assessments. Case-based discussion will be a central feature and there will be emphasis on decision-making support to maximise capacity and resolve difficult cases. The course will be particularly useful for professionals for whom mental capacity issues frequently arise, such as those working in liaison, older adult or learning disability services.
The Key Speakers are:
Dr Nuala Kane
- Dr Nuala Kane is a Mental Health Research UK MD(Res) scholar with the Mental Health and Justice Project, and a higher trainee in general adult and older adult psychiatry in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Gareth Owen
- Dr Gareth Owen is a clinical senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has carried out extensive research on mental capacity, publishing widely on this topic. He is Principal Investigator on the Wellcome-funded Mental Health and Justice Project.
Alex Ruck Keene
- Alex Ruck Keene is a barrister at 39 Essex Street Chambers and visiting research fellow at the Dickson Poon School of Law, KCL. He has expertise in mental health and capacity law, policy and guidelines, and is Senior Legal Researcher on the Contested Capacity workstream of the Mental Health and Justice Project.
For more details of the team delivering the course, please see https://mhj.org.uk/workstreams/6-contested-assessment/