National Advocacy Conference 2021

 Programme - wed 3rd November 

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9.30 - 10.30 Young people and the Court of Protection. Angela Jackman QC, Public Law & Human Rights Partner Irwin Mitchell 

Angela will provide an overview of the nature of applications that fall within the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection. She will also consider challenges faced by young people who lack capacity and their guardians at key transition points in young people’s lives.

11.00 - 12.00 Setting up and offering a peer advocacy service in mental health settings.  Mark Jackson, Emily Coates, LAMP advocacy

The purpose of the talk is to highlight the key objectives, and best practice when providing non-statutory advocacy through volunteers and peers on mental health wards. We also want to share some of the challenges advocates can face, and provide a steer on problem solving when delivering non-statutory advocacy.  In addition, we also want to share what success looks like when supporting patients through a peer advocacy programme.


12.30 - 1.30 Panel discussion.  Mental Health Act reform - an opportunity to improve access to advocacy?  Tabitha Mufti, DHSC, Isaac Samuels, Stephen Hinchley, Voiceability, chaired by Mat Culverhouse Irwin Mitchell

The Mental Health Act is undergoing radical reform in an attempt to improve the legislative framework that governs how people acccess and use mental health inpatient services.  Join this panel discussion to hear a range of perspectives on the opportunities the new Act provides as well as concerns.

2.00 - 3.00 A practical awareness raising session about how DoLS (and the new LPS framework) pervades the various advocacy roles. Aidan Pollitt

Aidan will explore the very nuanced but really important role of the advocate in the DoLS process(es).  The session will look at how advocate from a whole raft of roles need to be confident in knowing how and when DoLS can pop up!  This will include:

  • in the IMHA role (e.g through the MHA and MCA interface)

  • in the IMCA role (e.g through the MCA capacity assessment + BI decision making process)

  • in the RPR role (e.g in being alert to part 8 possibilities / s27A / s39A + s39D)

  • in the ICAS role (e.g. an awareness of whether the DoLS processes have been properly applied through when complaints are being made / framed.

  • In the Care Act advocate role (e.g. during the assessment / care and support planning / safeguarding processes) 

3.30 - 4.30  Panel discussion of people with lived experiences about hopes and fears for the future. Jim Blair, Lloyd Page, Viki Ainsworth, Lauretta Offule, Scott Watkin

During this panel discussion, the focus will be on people’s experiences of care services, advocacy and the need to shift the balance of power to those who use services and families in shaping care, monitoring quality, developing care and addressing inequalities.