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In Whose Best Interests? Exploring the Law when Caring for those with Mental Health Difficulties

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Experts in health and law will come together at the University of Worcester to explore the many issues and challenges of caring for mentally ill patients and who makes decisions about that care.

‘In Whose Best Interests? Determining best interests in health and social care’ is the inaugural conference of the partnership between the University and Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society.

It will see experts in health law and experts in mental health care come together to explore the many legal issues involved in caring for those with mental health problems, including dementia. It will look at the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and try to determine how the law is applied and in whose interests.

Dr Helen Taylor, from the University, said: “This Conference presents an exciting opportunity for practitioners of law, health and social care from across the UK to learn more about mental capacity law from leading authorities in the field.”

The conference takes place on Thursday, July 2 from 9.30m to 4.30pm at the University and will include addresses from Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister and Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, Professor Peter Bartlett, Professor of Mental Health Law, and Dr George Theodoulou, Consultant Older Adult Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Older Adult Mental Health Services in Worcestershire.

In addition, Isabelle Latham, Senior Lecturer in the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, will be joined by people living with dementia and their carers, to deliver a special presentation focussed on how best to support and encourage their involvement in decision-making.

The University of Worcester and Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable academics and practitioners of both healthcare and law to work together and advance understanding within what can sometimes be a complex and confusing legal framework.

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