San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A National Conference jointly promoted by the Approved Mental Health Professionals Association (North West and North Wales) and the University of Manchester (the School of Law and the Applied Mental Health programme) with sponsorship from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and 39 Essex Chambers.
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The theme of this year’s conference is The five guiding principles of the Mental Health Act.
The conference will open with comedian and anti-stigma campaigner Jake Mills, followed by a Key Note Address from Sara Ryan, a research lead in the University of Oxford and a central figure in the #JusticeforLB campaign. The conference will then be addressed by Rt Hon Norman Lamb on the rights of those with mental ill health, learning disabilities and autism. Margaret Flynn, the Chair of the National Independent Safeguarding Board in Wales and the joint editor of the Journal of Adult Protection will then follow with an insight into ‘bold lessons, from a sometimes chaotic world’.
The afternoon session will commence with a contribution by Alex Ruck Keene, a ‘star junior’ at 39 Essex Chambers discussing ‘Fusion by the back door’, followed by Professor Tom Burns, a Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford who was awarded the CBE in 2006 for services in mental health care, posing the question ‘CTOs don’t work: why do we persist in using them?’. After which Yogi Amin, the National Head of Irwin Mitchell LLP’s public law department, will review recent Court of Protection case law and discuss if the guiding principles of the MHA feature in course judgments. The conference will then finish with Neil Allen, a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, who will lead a plenary session which considers the meaning of “least restrictive”.
The conference brings together many leading legal, policy and mental health
practitioners and commentators, whose work has shaped the law and practice in this
field. It provides and opportunity for discussion and debate, and will be of especial
relevance to those who are affected by the legislation, be they service users, advocates,
health and social care practitioners, lawyers, researchers, independent sector service
providers and policy activists.