What happened to the revolution in the culture of care?

22 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?


Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40 am:

  • Terry Dafter, Joint Chair of the ADASS Mental Health Network
  • Lorraine Currie, commissioner for MCA/DoLS at Shropshire County Council

Following on, at 11.40 am, the Committee will question:

  • 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)

About this session

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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