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10th Annual Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Conference - 19 February 2019

Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 9am to 4.30pm at Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester.

We are pleased to announce the details for the 10th Annual MCA Conference 2019.  Last year we celebrated 10 years of the MCA, this year’s focus will be on looking to the future.

We are delighted to announce two prestigious key note speakers, opening with District Judge Avis who is our Local Court of Protection Judge. He will be talking about transition arrangements and moving vulnerable people from one setting to another.  Followed by Alex Ruck Keene.  Often referred to as “the father of the Court of Protection”.  He is an experienced barrister, writer and educator, his practice is focused on mental capacity and mental health law who also delivers expert training to frontline staff.

In the afternoon we will also be running a choice of workshops.

The event includes a buffet lunch and there is ample free parking at the venue. 

Who is this for?

Managers and Senior Staff in Health and Social Care Services who already have a sound knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act. 

What will I learn?

By the end of the day participants will have:

  • a deeper understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and where it relates to the Human Rights Act
  • increased awareness of the case law and requirements placed on us as practitioners
  • increased awareness of how to Assess Capacity and make Best Interest Decisions with the person’s wishes and feelings as central

Conference programme

tenth annual mca conf
TimeConference programme
9am to 9.30am Registration, stalls, tea and coffee
9.30am to 9.45am Welcome, introductions, housekeeping
9.45am to 10.15am Open conference – transition talk – District Judge Avis
10.15am to 10.30am Address from Dorset County Council Principal Social Worker – Steve Crocker and Principal Occupational Therapist – Amy-Jane White
10.30am to 11am  Break
11am to 12.30pm  

Keynote speech and questions – Alex Ruck Keene

12.30pm to 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm to 2.30pm *Workshop 1
2.30pm to 3pm Break
3pm to 4pm *Workshop 2

*Choose 2 workshops from the following 10 options.

MCA and assessing capacity

This session will focus on the complexities and challenges of assessing capacity and the skills and knowledge needed to do that.

Best interests decision making

To consider how to approach best interest’s decision making to ensure that our practice is fully compliant with the law and keeping the person at the centre of the process.

Case law roundup

Aimed at those who need a more detailed knowledge of the implications of case law on practice. This update on case law will give you a roundup of the latest significant cases and upcoming judgements.

The interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act

This is a dynamic and interesting piece of law which has multiple implications and is important for professionals to understand.

Service users financial affairs

Bev Arnold the manager of the Dorset County Council SUFA Team will give you an overview of the service they provide and the legal aspects of managing the financial affairs of those that lack capacity.

MCA and dementia

This workshop will look at how dementia impacts on people which may affect their capacity.  There will be some experiential aspects to this workshop.

Safeguarding and coercive control

This workshop looks at what constitutes coercive control, how it impacts on the individual and people around them, how to recognise it and ways of working to support and protect vulnerable people.

Relationships for people with disabilities

by Claire De Than - back by popular demand from last year, last year’s key note speaker, she is a human rights lawyer, legal consultant, law commissioner and author.  This workshop will give professionals a fantastic opportunity to work with Claire De Than to explore ways of improving the lives of people with disabilities by empowering them and the people that support them.

Legal - writing court reports

This workshop is aimed at Dorset County Council staff who may find themselves in the Court of Protection.  This will give you an understanding of some of the skills and knowledge you need if you are required to prepare reports for court, this is an increasing part of adult social care practice.

Speech and language therapy

This workshop will focus on Principle 2 of the MCA, maximising capacity when dealing with people with common language difficulties and hopefully will equip delegates with some practical steps to support people.


£60 per place. You will be asked to pay at the point of booking using a credit/debit card or can pay via BACS (sort code: 60-07-01, Bank account 59190019, reference 236201 100124 and the nomination reference provided or by telephone 01305 224823 quoting your booking reference, 100124 and your name).

Confirmation of places

This will be completed once payment is received, if you are unable to attend then please give a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice so that your place can be reallocated or refunded.

The closing date is 1st February 2019 and there are 400 delegate places available.

Apply for a place at the 10th annual Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Conference

Apply for a place at the 10th annual Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Conference.

Please note our cancellation policy. You must give at least two weeks’ notice if you are unable to attend to phone 01305 225650.

Please note, this programme and the workshops could be subject to change or variation.

We look forward to sharing this exciting event with you and working together to continue to implement the Mental Capacity Act.

Profiles of the Workshop Facilitators

Rachelle Rowe

Rachelle is an experienced social worker with many years’ experience of working in health and social care settings with people with mental health problems.  She is an Approved Medical Health Practitioner (AMHP) and Best Interests Assessor (BIA) now working as a MCA Advisor within the Dorset MCA Team.

Jo Myers

Jo Myers is an experienced and enthusiastic social worker, Best Interests Assessor (BIA) and Approved Medical Health Practitioner (AMHP).    She has worked for Dorset County Council for the last 9 years who has recently joined the team in November 2018.

Sue Farmer

Sue Farmer is an experienced social worker with many years’ experience of working with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.  She is an Approved Medical Health Practitioner (AMHP) and Best Interests Assessor (BIA) and has been an MCA Advisor for the last 5 years within the Dorset MCA Team.

Sandie Sims

Sandie Sims is a qualified Nurse and Best Interests Assessor in the Mental Capacity Act Team who was previously Joint Dementia Quality Lead with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Bev Arnold

Bev Arnold has been in post for 10 years, looking after 200+ service users individual personal finances with a team of Financial Support Officers.

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