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Decision Making and Mental Capacity: Ensuring Best Practice & Adherence to the 2018 NICE Guidance

Friday 14 June 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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“The Care Quality Commission (CQC) estimates that around 2 million people in England and Wales may lack the capacity to make certain decisions for themselves at some point because of illness, injury or disability” NICE, October 2018

“The guideline covers decision-making in people 16 years and over who may lack capacity now or in the future. It aims to help health and social care practitioners support people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so. It also helps practitioners to keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process…It helps to ensure that people are supported to make decisions for themselves when they have the mental capacity to do so, and where they lack the mental capacity to make specific decisions, they remain at the centre of the decision-making process.” NICE, October 2018

'A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him do so have been taken without success.' NICE, October 2018         

This conference focuses best practice in decision making and mental capacity and ensuring adherence to the October 2018 NICE Guideline on Decision Making and Mental in line with the new recommendations.

“There are growing numbers of people in England and Wales, estimated as around 2 million, who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves because of illness, injury or disability. There are also concerns about variations in quality, consistency and availability of support to facilitate decision making. The new NICE guideline, Decision making and mental capacity, suggests ways to help people make decisions and maximise personal autonomy. It applies to a range of decisions including care, treatment, financial matters, day-to-day living and emergencies. It includes recommendations on advance care planning, which helps people plan future care when they lose capacity. NICE also makes recommendations for training and support for staff, interventions to improve decision-making capacity, advocacy and support for decision-making, and mental capacity assessment tools… The new NICE guideline comes at a time of imminent reform in the law as the Mental Capacity Act amendment Bill is scrutinised by parliament. While it will make some reforms, the empowering ethos and core principles originally introduced by the 2005 Act will continue. People should be supported to make decisions for themselves when they have the mental capacity to do so, and to remain at the centre of the decision-making process when they do not.”  Nageena Khalique QC, barrister and chair of the committee for the NICE guideline on Decision making and mental capacity, October 2018

Benefits of attending: This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve MCA implementation in practice
  • Understand the national context and implications of the new NICE guidance
  • Develop your skills in supporting people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so
  • Understand how to effectively keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process  
  • Improve your understanding of the legal framework including the Law Commissions proposals for the new system of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Meet the new standards with mental capacity assessments
  • Improve your skills in Best Interests Assessment under the New NICE Guidance
  • Improve advance care planning practice including condition specific care planning
  • Learn from case studies in safeguarding and learning disabilities
  • Ensure adherence and monitoring against the new standards in your service
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence
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