Mental Health and Court of Protection Solicitor
I work with people who are experiencing mental health and mental capacity difficulties.
I represent patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 both in a hospital and in the community. My representation allows patients to challenge their detention in hospital at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings. I also attend other meetings, such as Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings and S117 meetings, with patients to ensure that their voices are heard when discussions are had about their care and treatment.
I also provide assistance when a person wishes to challenge a deprivation of liberty safeguard (Dols) – whether this is the person subject to the deprivation or a family member. My work involves assisting clients in Court of Protection proceedings challenging decisions with regard to residence, care and treatment and contact.
I joined Anthony Collins Solicitors in November 2015.
I am a Law Society Accredited Mental Health Practitioner.
It was announced by the Government on 16 July 2020 that the implementation of Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) has been delayed until April 2022. No date has been set, with April 2022 being described as the “aim for full implementation”.
Family not in breach of COVID-19 regulations by collecting their terminally ill mother from a care home as it was considered that they were providing assistance to a vulnerable person.
On 9 April 2020, the DHSC issued guidance for hospitals, care homes and supervisory bodies regarding the MCA and DoLS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coronavirus Act does not change the need to comply with the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) or the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) regime.
Last week, the Lord Chancellor approved the issue of the Pilot Practice Direction, which affects the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal (mental health).
An experienced Best Interests Assessor (BIA) has received a 12-month suspension order after plagiarising DoLS forms.
“Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2018/19” published by the CQC, has found that although improvements have been made, healthcare services need to do more to comply with their human rights duties.
The Government have announced that there will be urgent reviews leading to the discharge of wrongly detained young people.
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