Summer School 2021 (online): Risk Decisions in the Contexts of Care and Law
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The 2021 Autonomy Project Summer School will be held online on the 20th-23th July.
This year’s summer school is partly funded by the CHASE Cohort Development Fund and all CHASE PhD’s are warmly invited to attend.
About the Autonomy Project
The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and public policy initiative, based at the University of Essex, and investigating the ideal of self-determination (autonomy) in the context of care (health care, social care, eldercare, psychiatric care, etc.). Led by Professor of Philosophy, Wayne Martin, it involves extensive intramural and extramural collaboration with jurists, clinicians, service users, activists, civil servants, and policy makers. It is affiliated with the Wellcome-funded Mental Health and Justice project and the award-winning Essex Human Rights Centre.
About the Summer School
The Autonomy Project Summer School is an annual event, held each July, which brings together a group of researchers, activists, students, clinicians, social workers, service-users, and public officials in order to work together on the challenges of embedding respect for autonomy and human rights in the practices of care.
This year, the Summer School will take place across 4 days from the 20th to the 23th July, with sessions running for 2 hours each day. The structure aims to keep attendees active and engaged, shifting between panel discussions and conversations in breakout rooms. (Please note that the previously announced Saturday session has been cancelled.)
This Year’s Theme: Risk
This year issues of risk have loomed larger than ever across every sector of civil society. The pandemic has meant that we’ve all had to be especially vigilant about – and more ingenious than ever in negotiating – the risks that pervade our private and professional lives. In our 11th Annual EAP Summer School we intend to highlight and explore the role risk plays across a number of legal and care contexts. Among other things, we will explore the following topics: risk work and the relative advantages of formal and post-formal approaches to risk assessment in care settings; the role of risk in mental capacity assessment and how that role is moderated by the severity of the risks involved; the place of risk in Mental Health Policy and psychiatric decision making; the precautionary principle and what it means for people who do frontline risk work; the wider background conditions that shape which risks feature in our decision making and which get ignored. As always, our presenters will come from a variety of backgrounds – e.g., law, philosophy, sociology, psychiatry, and more – and we will foster interdisciplinary problem-focused conversations with a diverse group of academics, lawyers, psychiatrists, frontline care workers, and other professionals with a stake in these issues. We look forward to another vibrant summer school experience!
Dr Patrick Brown
(Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam)
Patrick is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and manages the research group on Political Sociology, within the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research. He is currently the Chair of the research network on Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (RN22) within the European Sociological Association and the editor of Health, Risk & Society.
He has also worked on or coordinated a number of projects funded by, or carried out in cooperation with, organisations such as the Royal College of Physicians, the European Commission, the UK Government (Department of Work and Pensions) and the European Medicines Agency, looking at various aspects of client-experiences, trust and engagement of patients and professionals, and the implications of these for policy-making.
He recently finished a book On Vulnerability (Routledge 2021) and is currently working with colleagues at Århus, Leiden and Vienna on
the REACTOR project, financed by DFF (Independent Research Fund Denmark).
Dr Nicola Gale
(University of Birmingham)
Nicola’s core substantive research interest is health care practice and the everyday work of professionals, para-professionals, complementary and lay healthcare workers, particularly those working in community and primary care settings.
Her research cuts across the sociology of health and illness, embodied sociology, the sociology of work and professions, and health policy and implementation. Her contribution in these fields has been to explicate the different kinds of ‘work’ involved in forms of healthcare and the implications of this for the wider health system and health policy.
Currently, she is working on a number of writing and empirical projects that explore the intersections of public health (management of epidemiological risk) and primary care (responsive care) mentalities in the fields of prevention and community wellbeing. She is currently developing this through a collaboration with Dr Patrick Brown (University of Amsterdam) and others to explore and research the concept of ‘risk work’. They recently edited a special edition of Health, Risk and Society on this topic.
Alex Ruck Keene
(39 Essex Chambers and Kings College London)
Alex is an experienced barrister, writer and
educator. His practice is focused on mental capacity law (broadly defined) in which he is able to provide specialist advice and representation. He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area. Alex is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. He served as consultant to the Law Commission in their review of the deprivation of liberty safeguards and as legal counsel to the Wessely Review of the Mental Health Act.
Professor Hazel Kemshall
(De Montfort University)
Professor Hazel Kemshall
Professor of Community and Criminal Justice De Montfort University
Hazel Kemshall is currently Professor of Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. She has research interests in risk assessment and management of offenders, effective work in multi- agency public protection, and implementing effective practice with high risk offenders. She has completed research for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the Scottish Government, and the Risk Management Authority.
She has numerous publications on risk, including ‘Understanding Risk in Criminal Justice’ (2003, Open University Press). She has completed three evaluations of multi-agency public protection panels for the Home Office (2001, 2005, 2007), and has researched polygraph use with sex offenders, and evaluated the public disclosure pilots in England and Wales.
She is the author of Understanding the Community Management of High Risk Offenders (2008) and co- author of Working with Risk: Skills for Contemporary Social Work (2013).
Dr Campbell Killick
Campbell Killick has a background in social work and training in the areas of disability, mental health and adult safeguarding. He is currently lecturing in social work at Ulster University in Northern Ireland where he contributes to undergraduate and post qualifying courses. Campbell is course director on the MSc in Professional Development in Social Work which supports practitioners and service users to complete literature reviews, research projects and dissemination activities.
Campbell’s research interests include assessment and decision making in adult and children’s services. He has published research findings in relation to adult safeguarding, professional decision making and assessment. Campbell has recently co-authored Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work: An Introduction part of the Sage Transforming Social Work Practice Series.
Scott Y.H. Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
(NIH Clinical Center)
Scott is currently a Senior Investigator in the Department of Bioethics at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health. Prior to coming to the NIH, he was professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan. He is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor of neurology at the University of Rochester.
Scott is a psychiatrist and a philosopher. Clinically, he has worked as a consultation psychiatrist in general hospitals and as an outpatient general psychiatrist. His philosophical background is in Kant’s moral philosophy. But most of his work has been in bioethics; more information can be found at scottkimbioethics.org.
(King’s College London)
Dagmar is Professor of Civil Law, specialising in Family Law, and is based in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Her research is focused on autonomy and self-determination in adult protection law. Dagmar is the author of various articles and reports focusing on issues concerning self-determination, supported decision-making, legal capacity, advance directives and legal representation in the context of the German Law of Betreuung, mental health care and long-term care. She is also a board member at the German Association for Betreuung, and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of German Law of Betreuung and Practice. From 2015 to 2017, she was one of the heads of the research team which conducted the study ‘Quality in Court Appointed Legal Representation’, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. In 2018, the results of this study prompted a reform process entitled ‘Self-Determination and Quality in the Law of Betreuung’.
(Essex Autonomy Project)
Wayne is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, where he is a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre and Director of the Essex Autonomy Project, a research and public policy initiative focusing on the ideal of self-determination (autonomy) in the context of care (health care, social care, eldercare, psychiatric care, etc.). He also holds an honorary research position with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is the author of numerous research articles and reports focusing on issues concerning decision-making and mental capacity in the context of mental health care, and has been involved in policy formation both in the UK and abroad. From 2014-16 he led a team that supported the UK Ministry of Justice in preparation for the review by the United Nations of UK compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2018 he served on the Equality and Human Rights topic group for the Wessely Review of the Mental Health Act.