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The internet resource on mental health law, and mental capacity law, for England & Wales. From April 2006 to September 2010 this website was called Wiki Mental Health. You can read a review of the site here.

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  • 07/04/17 (3): Edge Training: MHA Code of Practice - Preparing for the CQC - London, 22/5/17 — The day will provide training on the Code and will include the following key topics: the status of the Code and when it is possible to depart from it; human rights (ECHR) and the Code’s principles; information on patients' rights; the role of the IMHA; guidance on nearest relatives (linked to Articles 5 & 8); privacy, dignity & safety (Art 8) (gender separation, consent to treatment, seclusion); discharge planning; local policies; tips on addressing CQC concerns about compliance with the Code will be included. Speaker: Rob Brown. Cost: £130 + VAT (£156). See flyer for further details and booking information.
  • 07/04/17 (2): Legal Aid Agency, 'Contract Management: Mental Health Guidance' (v2, 3/4/17). The press release (4/4/17) for this updated guidance states: "Updated guidance has been published which helps providers with questions about mental health work under the 2014 Standard Civil Contract. Development of this update follows constructive discussions with the Mental Health Lawyers Association and the Law Society. The updated document clarifies a small number of provisions in the 2014 Standard Civil Contract. For example, the requirements for triggering a Level 2 (Mental Health Proceedings) Fee. The questions covered in the document are the most common ones raised by providers since the introduction of a standard fee scheme for this work in 2008." See Legal Aid#Guidance documents
  • 07/04/17 (1): Law Society mental capacity (welfare) accreditation scheme. — Quotation from Law Society website: "This accreditation has been designed to prove your experience to prospective clients and their relatives in representing the needs of vulnerable clients. It has been developed in conjunction with, and approved by, the Court of Protection, pursuant to Rule 3A and Rule 6 of the Court of Protection Rules to provide accredited legal representatives (ALRs)." The scheme commenced on 24/3/17. See Law Society mental capacity (welfare) accreditation scheme

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Online CPD scheme providing 12 points for £60: suitable for solicitors (SRA-accredited), barristers (established practitioners), psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses