Maudsley masterclass

Mental health law and ethics: practice and pitfalls in the COVID era and beyond

Community services

Course information

Upcoming Date: 06/11/2020
Upcoming Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £199.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

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Psychiatrists in both community and inpatient settings are responsible for ensuring that patients are treated in accordance with the Mental Health Act. However, the process that support the MHA are complex and audits frequently show areas of poor compliance across mental health trusts. COVID-19 has added an extra layer of difficulty in maintaining practice standards, and processes and guidelines are evolving rapidly to take new challenges into account.

Compliance with mental health law is a key part of Care Quality Commission inspections and an area where services typically fall down. Section 12 training for psychiatrist is brief and consultants often feel inadequately equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate this challenging aspect of practice efficiently and effectively.

This one-day course addresses the common pitfalls faced by psychiatrists in working with the Mental Health Act, Deprivation of Liberty, and the sorts of issues regularly raised in audits and CQC reports. Drawing on expertise from the Maudsley and IoPPN, the course will provide an update on key developments in mental health law and ethical practice in the COVID era and beyond.

Using a blend of lectures and case studies you will learn to identify good practice and areas for improvement in your service. There will be opportunities to learn from others’ mistakes and discuss challenges you have faced in your own practice.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Improving MHA practice standards: legal, regulatory, human rights and equality, accessible information standards, and clinical ethics
  • Maintaining MHA practice standards during COVID
  • Implementing new understanding, governance, and collaboration between the Board of Directors and frontline service delivery
  • The Mental Health Law Action Taskforce: modern management improvement and implementation
  • Providing frontline clinical teams with intelligent information to help them identify and focus on service improvement priorities
  • Understanding factors that increase detention rates: social, cultural, clinical, practice, and resource
  • Digital innovations to support mental health law and rights-based access to care

Sessions will include:

  • Human rights, social determinants, data, and the Mental Health Act
  • Race and the MHA
  • MHA review: what are the key issues with the mental health law and its current practice
  • Developing your own care plan and advance decision-making for future COVID waves
  • What does it feel like to be sectioned?
  • How to have happy, well-led CQC inspections
  • Virtual MHA practice and evaluation of impacts
  • Capacity and restriction of liberty in emergency departments
  • Swabbing and isolation in COVID-19: Section 17 and the law
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Learning Objectives

After completing this course those attending will be able to:

  • Understand national baseline data in the use of the MHA/DOLS
  • Understand the legal and ethical challenges in clinical practice since COVID
  • Identify and avoid common pitfalls faced by clinicians and services in complying with the MHA
  • Lobby the Board of Directors for support to change
  • Prepare for CQC inspections effectively and efficiently

Course Information

Target audience

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

Lunch options

Lunch Provided

Length & Time
ORTUS learning and events centre,
82-96 Grove Ln,
1 Day

Book this course

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