What happened to the revolution in the culture of care?

18 October 2013


The House of Lords Committee charged with investigating the Mental Capacity Act 2005, will hear from social care organisations and the British Institute of Human rights on Tuesday 22 October

The Mental Capacity Act was meant to usher in a revolution in the culture of care – the Committee will be asking what happened to it, and what should happen next?

In the first of two sessions, starting at 10.40 am, the Committee will be hearing from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. The organisation will be represented by Terry Dafter, Joint Chair of the ADASS Mental Health Network and Lorraine Currie, commissioner for MCA/DoLS at Shropshire County Council.

They will be followed at 11.40 am by:

  • Patricia Kearney, Director of Innovation and Development at the Social Care Institute for Excellence;
  • Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director of the British Institute of Human Rights; and
  • Paul Gantley, former implementation manager for the MCA at the Department of Health (2005-2011).

The Committee will explore with the witnesses the relationship between the Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding; the impact of other factors, such as hospital beds and costs, on decision-making, and how Local Authorities manage potential conflicts of interest in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. With the second panel, the Committee will be probing the effectiveness of the Government’s implementation programme; whether there are lessons to be learned from other pieces of legislation, such as the Mental Health Act; and what is the most effective way to achieve a change in the culture of care.

The evidence session will take place at 10.40 am, on Tuesday 22 October in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

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