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Decision Making and Mental Capacity: Ensuring Best Practice & Adherence to the NICE Guideline

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This conference focuses on best practice in decision making and mental capacity and ensuring adherence to the NICE Guideline on Decision Making and Mental Capacity in line with the recommendations, the NICE Quality Standard for Decision Making and Mental Capacity and the Quality Standard currently in consultation.

“There are growing numbers of people in England and Wales, estimated as around 2 million, who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves because of illness, injury or disability. There are also concerns about variations in quality, consistency and availability of support to facilitate decision making.”

Nageena Khalique QC, barrister and chair of the committee for the NICE guideline on Decision making and mental capacity

“This quality standard covers decision making for people aged 16 and over, using health and social care services who may lack capacity to make their own decisions (now or in the future). It aims to support implementation of the aims and principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and relevant Codes of Practice.”

NICE, November 2019 

The current quality statements in the draft guideline are Quality statements:

  • Statement 1 People aged 16 and over who may lack capacity to make decisions receive support for decision making that reflects their individual circumstances and meets their particular needs.
  • Statement 2 People aged 16 and over at risk of losing capacity to make decisions, and those with fluctuating capacity, are given the opportunity to discuss advance care planning at each health and social care review.
  • Statement 3 People aged 16 and over who are assessed as lacking capacity to make a decision have a clear record of the practicable steps taken to support them and the reasons why they lack capacity.
  • Statement 4 People aged 16 and over who lack capacity to make a decision have their wishes and feelings reflected in best interest decisions made on their behalf.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to ensure best practice in decision making and mental capacity
  • Reflect on the lived experience of someone who is likely to lack capacity in the future 
  • Understand the national context and implications of the NICE guidance and the March 2020 National Quality Standard
  • Understand the implications of the 2019 The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act
  • Develop your skills in supporting people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so
  • Ensure adherence to the 4 Quality Statements 
  • Understand how to effectively keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process
  • Improve your understanding of the legal framework including the Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Meet the new standards with mental capacity assessments
  • Improve your skills in Best Interests Assessment under the New NICE Guidance
  • Improve advance care planning practice including condition specific care planning
  • Learn from case studies in safeguarding, prolonged disorders of consciousness and learning disabilities
  • Ensure adherence and monitoring against the new standards in your service

Chair and Speakers Include:

Ms Lucy Bonnerjea

Mental Capacity Specialist Committee

MBE Lucy Watts

Ambassador & Young Avenger Together for Short Lives People in Partnership Steering Group Member Hospice UK

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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