Essex Autonomy

Coping with delays to LPS and the new Code of Practice

Since the beginning of the year, we have each learned a little about uncertainty, that is, the uncertainty that characterises waiting. Conversations with health and social care managers and practitioners have hinged on questions concerning the March – July 2022 consultation, “Changes to the MCA Code of Practice and implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards.”…

The end of 2022 and the promise of 2023

The close of 2022 confirmed that embedding legislation is a complex and lengthy process. With reference to the Mental Capacity Act, recent review work I have undertaken in England and Wales would suggest that the prevailing practice of stating without explanation that a person “has capacity” is unduly tolerated in some organisations. Regular, relevant and…

A Recommended Book

Mary Donnelly, Rosie Harding and Ezgi Taşcioğlu (Editors) Supporting Legal Capacity in Socio-Legal Context (2022) Oñati International Series in Law and Society, Oxford: Hart Publishing We come to the task of reviewing books from different starting points. As the sister of a man with a learning disability, I often wonder how different our lives would…

Five Energising Events

Welcome to the National Mental Capacity Forum. When I think about the origins of my interest in mental capacity, as I did when I applied to become the Chair of the Forum, I remember decisive events in my family’s life, curiosity concerning the boundary between personal and professional worlds, and the consequences of belonging to…

Review of the 2022 Norfolk MCA Workshops

Mental Capacity Act Workshops 7-9 September 2022Kate Brolly, Vickki Bunting and Walter Lloyd-Smith with Margaret Flynn Introduction These notes resulted from a series of five workshops spanning two and a half days in three locations: Great Yarmouth, Dereham and Fakenham. They involved over 50 professionals who were identified by a county-wide survey concerning practitioners’ use…

Review of the 2022 Autonomy Summer School

“Social Care and Human Rights” Essex Autonomy Project Summer School 2022, co-sponsored with the Essex Human Rights Centre Location: Wivenhoe House, University of EssexDate: 27-28-29 July 2022 Introduction These notes were made in the days and weeks after the Summer School. They are a distillation of the ideas I found interesting/ liberating/ exciting – and…