Mental Health Law Online
The internet resource on mental health law, and mental capacity law, for England & Wales. You can read a review of the site here.
- 11/07/19: Guidance on spent convictions etc. Ministry of Justice, 'Updated guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974' (4/3/14) — Is a restricted hospital order spent when the patient is conditionally discharged or when he is absolutely discharged? The Ministry of Justice does not have an official position on the matter, but refers to this guidance document which states that under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 the rehabilitation period of a hospital order, with or without a restriction order, is the "period of the order" (email correspondence, 11/7/19).
- 11/07/19: Job advert. Noble Solicitors, Luton - mental health panel member. See Jobs
- 08/07/19: Case (Death - wishes and feelings). Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v TG  EWCOP 21 — "I am being asked to take today an irreversible decision that will lead inevitably to death sooner rather than later and probably within minutes or seconds of the tube being removed. I am being asked to do so in the face of what I find are the wishes and feelings of TG. ... I have come to the clear decision that it is in the patient's best interests that intubation should continue. I recognise that this places a huge burden on the treating team. It is against their advice and their wishes and of course also those of Dr Newman but I remind myself constantly, this is her life and her wishes as I have found them to be and nobody else's. It may be that if the position were to remain the same in six months' time or no successful tracheostomy had been carried out that different considerations might apply but I am not looking at the future, I am looking at things as they are now and for those reasons I reach my decision and refuse the application."
- 08/07/19: Case (Jehovah's Witness - blood transfusion). Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v DE  EWCOP 19 — "The only issue during the hearing was the degree to which DE's wishes and feelings would be overborne by a decision to allow a blood transfusion, in the light of her being a Jehovah's Witness; and therefore whether there was a disproportionate interference in DE's article 8 rights. However, the evidence even at the oral hearing was that although DE described herself as a Jehovah's Witness she was not someone for whom those beliefs were central to her personality or sense of identity. During the oral hearing I did not get any sense that she would feel deeply upset if an order was made in the form sought, or that she would feel a deep conflict with her religious beliefs. As such she was someone who was in a quite different decision from B in Jackson J's decision, where his religious beliefs were fundamental to B's sense of who he was. The other stark contrast with that case is that DE had been completely clear that she did not want to die. She is also significantly younger than was B."
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- MHLA: Panel course - London, 17/7/19 and 18/7/19
- Edge Training: BIA Legal Update (Annual Refresher) - London, 9/8/19
- MHLA: Foundation course - London, 28/8/19
- Edge Training: Understanding the Court of Protection - London, 30/9/19
- Edge Training: AMHP Legal Update - London, 7/10/19
- Edge Training: MHA and MCA Interaction - London, 14/10/19
- Court of Protection User Group Meeting - London, 15/10/19
- Edge Training: Liberty Protection Safeguards - Manchester, 18/10/19
- Edge Training: Liberty Protection Safeguards - London, 22/11/19
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