So if not blogging, then what have I been up to…?

I’ve been a terrible blogger, really, since having a baby. She’s a bouncing four year old now (literally: we bought her a space hopper from the supermarket and she’s spent the lockdown bouncing around crushing anything in her path). But between frantically scrambling to fit my work into the hours that childcare allows, and trying…

The Mental Health Act’s forgotten sibling

I said these posts would get shorter as WFH meets no- childcare… this is a super quick one to pose a question. As you’ll no doubt have seen by now, the new Coronavirus emergency legislation aims to take pressure of frontline health and social care workers by reducing or removing various statutory duties in community…

Tomorrow’s world

The world is changing so fast, it seems each evening we go to sleep in a different one to the one we woke up in.  At a (hyper) local level, my household – my partner, my daughter and I – are now in household isolation for the next week. I’m having a ghastly foreshadowing of…

Cocoons

The storm has yet to reach most of us, but we can see it on the horizon.  We are officially no longer in the ‘contain’ phase of identifying individual cases of COVID-19 and isolating those individuals to prevent its spread. In yesterday’s government press conference, the Chief Scientific Officer – Sir Patrick Vallance – explained…

Coronavirus and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

It’s 10th March and it feels like the calm before the storm (albeit, there are also storms). This is a graph shared by Max Roser, of Our World in Data, of Italy’s infection rate with the new Coronavirus, Covid-19: The new #COVID2019 data for Italy by the WHO is out. • The number of total…

Calling all Welsh BIAs!

BASW Cymru are conducting a survey about current DoLS practice and the forthcoming Liberty Protection Safeguards. This survey is intended for completion by Social Workers as well as Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists who have trained and/or practiced as Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards scheme and who are wholly or…

Psychiatric detention under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

This post is about mental health detention under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). It was prompted by some data that NHS Digital have kindly shared with me about the use of the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DoLS) in ‘mental health establishments’. The TLDR is that people who are detained under the…

Train number 3

Anyone else spend yesterday afternoon refreshing their browser to see what compromises and agreements had been reached after a summer of tense and sometimes heated negotiations? Me too. And here they are – the government’s proposed amendments to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. 😉 (NB: a very succinct list of the amendments, produced by Tim…