16 October 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

TAP lecture: Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 198

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by The Advocacy Project


At The Advocacy Project, we invite renowned national experts to give talks on topical issues. The lectures are open to our staff, service users and partners – plus anyone who’s interested and would like to join us. The session includes time for questions and discussion.

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 by Alex Ruck Keene

Alex is a Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers who will talk about the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. In October 2017, the Prime Minister commissioned a review of the Mental Health Act 1983, seeking to address concerns about how the legislation is currently being used. Alex has been involved with the review as a member of the working group as a legal adviser who has supported the review’s chair and vice-chairs to develop their recommendations and reports. You will learn about the interim report which came out on the 1st May and the decisions made behind the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice is focused on mental capacity and mental health law, in which he is able to provide specialist advice and representation, as well as delivering expert training for front line professionals. 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 Report, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area. He is the creator of the website http://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues.

Please join us in the conference room located on the first floor at 73 St Charles Square W10 6EJ.

Previous speakers have included:

Tania Gergel, Wellcome Trust Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Martyn Cheesman, Community Development Coordinator at Turning Point
Ela Pathak-Sen, Associate Director of Quality and Service Improvement at CNWL
Hannah Lewis, mental health professional and expert on body dysmorphic disorder
Dawn Harwood, Service Director, Women’s and Adolescent Forensic Service (WLMHT)
Pete Fleischmann, Head of Co-production, Social Care Institute for Excellence
Megan Karnes, HoardingUK
Polly Mackenzie, Money and Mental Health Institute
Adam Wagner, human rights barrister at One Crown Office Row
Professor Diana Rose, King’s College
Bill Tiplady, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
Mark Hooper, Director of Deaf Positives Action
Professor Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Law at University of Leeds
Dr Dele Olajide, Medical Director from the South London and Maudsley

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16 October 2018
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