Mental Health Act: detention & race interrogated

Community services

Course information

Upcoming Date: 05/02/2021
Upcoming Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £149.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

Assessment and Mental State Simulation Training

The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act (MHA) (1983) placed the equality agenda and the disproportionate experience of detention by people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities at the centre of its proposed reforms. The power of the mental health system to detain is emblematic of a system that creates distrust and fear in the community. Now that race is on the agenda like never before, we must consider how to translate these ideas into meaningful change in BAME access, experience and outcomes.

This one-day course aims to guide participants through complex structural issues around race and detention. It will feature contributions from experts by experience and the foremost experts in Mental Health law, through a programme co-produced between Mrs. Aji Lewis, Black Thrive, the Maudsley and the IOPPN. Building on both personal experiences and the latest research, the course will cover issues including the use of restraint, the role of the police, the rising rate of involuntary admissions and the implications on human rights.

This course will include:

– An introduction by Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of SLaM

– “Race and Detention: The bigger picture” by Mr. Mike Franklin

– “MHA review: Key issues with the MH law and its current practice” by Dr. Lade Smith, CBE

– “Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018” by Mrs. Aji Lewis (an instrumental campaigner following her son’s death at the Bethlem Hospital)

– “Excited Delirium” and Deaths in Custody by Dr. Maurice Lipsedge (Consultant Psychiatrist and author of “Aliens and Alienists”)

– “Human Rights and MHA’ by Mr. Alex Ruck Keene (Barrister and Visiting Senior Lecturer, 39 Essex Chambers and the IOPPN)

– ‘Learning from Inquests’ Dr. Penelope Brown (Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow, SLaM and the IOPPN)

– A panel discussion: “Leading the way for structural reform”

– Several interactive discussions and opportunities for reflection

The day will end with Action Planning session led by Black Thrive to enable participants to leave with ideas and learning to take back to their Trusts. We would hope to contact participants in six months after the event to learn about impact.







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Learning Objectives

After completing this course those attending will be able to:

  • Describe the Olaseni Lewis case and reflect upon its implications for practice
  • Describe racial inequalities in detentions and reflect upon its implications for the wider community
  • Describe the MHA review principles and why it was commissioned
  • Describe and critically assess the concept of “excited delirium”
  • Identify key aspects of human rights legislation relevant to detentions
  • Identify next steps for addressing racial inequalities in detentions

Course Information

Target audience

Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, RMN, Service lead, ST4-7 – psychiatry, Team Manager

Length & Time
This course will be taking place online.
1 Day

Book this course

£249.00 £149.00

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