Breaking Barriers is a brand new conference for health and social care professionals, which aims to bridge the gaps between services and help to provide even better outcomes for the people we support.

When: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Where: Preston Grasshoppers RUFC 

Agenda

Registration

09:00

Start - Jake Mills

09:30

CEO’s Welcome

09:40

Guest Speaker

9:50

Workshops commence

10:30

Break

11:30

Mark Neary - Getting Steven Home

11:45

TTC, Health & Wellbeing

12:30

Lunch

12:45

Jake Mills

13:30

Kate Mercer – Advocacy Trainer

13:35

Workshops commence

14:15

Break

15:15

Jake’s Story

15:30

Close & Networking

16:00

About the Speakers

Jake Mills - Host

Jake Mills is a stand-up comedian, writer and founder of mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma. Jake is an influential figure in campaigning against the stigma of mental health issues, and is very open about his own issues having battled with depression and a suicide attempt. Jake was shortlisted for the Leicester Mercury Award and has performed with some of the biggest names in comedy.

Jake is currently in the process of creating the UK’s first nationwide mental health database – the Hub of Hope – bringing all help and support together in one place. He is also an ambassador for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and trustee of Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS).

Kate Mercer

Kate Mercer is a well-established and trusted advocacy trainer, specialising in City & Guilds advocacy qualifications and training events. She set up Kate Mercer Training in 2009 to focus on delivering quality training to independent advocates and health and social care professionals.

Kate has worked in the Independent Advocacy sector for over 10 years, creating and delivering training courses to improve practice across the board. She has worked with the Department of Health and City & Guilds to successfully create the first qualifications in Independent Advocacy. Kate also has a background in children’s care and children’s advocacy.

Mark Neary

Mark Neary is the author of ‘Getting Steven Home,’ and father to Steven Neary, a young man with autism. In 2009, Steven went into a ‘positive behaviour unit’ for three days of respite care when his father, his primary carer, became ill. However, when these three days were up, the local council refused to allow Steven to return home. They instead issued a Deprivation of Liberty Order, claiming that Steven was challenging and a danger to the public. Mark Neary was informed that his son was not allowed home and would instead be placed in a care home 150 miles away.

In 2011, after two years of fighting, Mr Neary won a landmark court case against Hillingdon council. The Court of Protection ruled that the council had breached Steven’s human rights by keeping him away from his father. In the years since, Mr Neary has written his popular book about his two year plight and has now become a public figure in campaigning for human rights for those with learning disabilities and those kept in care.

Workshops

AM

Workshop 1: Maximising Capacity – How do we do this?

Anita Lindon, MCA Practitioner

This workshop will look at Assessing Capacity with particular emphasis on principle 2 of the Mental Capacity Act; Practicable Steps / Maximising Capacity.  Looking at; what does this mean in practice; what information should we provide to P; how do we decide what it relevant to the decision; what should we take into account when presenting the information; what should we record; is there any case law to refer to for guidance?

Workshop 3: Court of Protection Update- Religious observance, sexual relations and much more...

Francesca Gardiner, MH Kings Chambers

This workshop will discuss recent important developments in the Court of Protection, including issues relating to religious observance, capacity to consent to sexual relations and the ever challenging interface between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983. 

Workshop 2: Bridging the Gap

Leanne Hignett, Advocacy Focus & Kate Mercer, Kate Mercer Training

Kate Mercer and Leanne Hignett will be exploring the interface between the Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act. This workshop will delve into the new duties under the Care Act, unpicking the duty vs power to instruct an Advocate, bridging knowledge gaps and furthering people’s understanding of when advocacy may be required and which strand.

PM

Workshop 1: Bridging the Gap

Leanne Hignett, Advocacy Focus & Kate Mercer, Kate Mercer Training

Kate Mercer and Leanne Hignett will be exploring the interface between the Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act. This workshop will delve into the new duties under the Care Act, unpicking the duty vs power to instruct an Advocate, bridging knowledge gaps and furthering people’s understanding of when advocacy may be required and which strand.

Workshop 2: Using Human Rights in Practice

Helen Wildbore, British Institute of Human Rights

Helen will be exploring the complexities of human rights and how professionals can implement this in their everyday practice. Helen will be exploring the intricacies of human rights in order to improve knowledge and understanding, aid decision-making and give people the confidence to challenge poor practice.

Workshop 3: Liberty Safeguards Update

By Neil Allen, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers

Liberty Safeguards Update: in the absence of legislative enthusiasm, Neil will look at developments with the current Article 5/8 safeguards for those kept in institutional and community settings. There will be an update on the scale of the demand for the safeguards, the Ferreira/Briggs approach in hospital settings, the solution found for a lack of representatives in COPDOL cases, and a search for best practice. 

Exhibition Stands

  • Advocacy Focus
  • Esther Nimmo CID IT
  • Carers Link
  • Odonnells Solicitors
  • Building Blocks Computer Services
  • More to be announced

Sponsors

Tickets

Tickets cost £25 and will be available to purchase from Jan 2018. Limited spaces available.