Care England’s annual conference and exhibition has been given the title Mind Matters, and will look in depth at the Mental Capacity Act legislation and its impact on residential care.
The event takes place at the Church House Conference Centre in London on Wednesday, 16 November.
Care England recently conducted a survey among its members to explore how successfully the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is being implemented on the front line of residential care right across the sector.
A key finding was that understanding and awareness of the MCA should be embedded in everyday care home working and not just confined, for example, to training days.
Care England promises that a programme of informed and influential speakers will present at this year’s conference with their viewes on how to improve MCA implementation in care homes and pass on their knowledge and experience.
“Staff in all care homes, whether they’re looking after adults with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or older people with dementia, obviously need to be engaged with the Mental Capacity Act. Many are to be commended on the creative approaches they’re already taking to improve its implementation, but I see our conference as an opportunity to further develop a theoretical understanding of the Act and turn it into daily, working practice,” said Professor Martin Green, Care England chief executive.
Confirmed speakers to date include Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University and an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords; Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Shadow Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health; Peter Kinsey, chief executive of Care Management Group and Dominique Kent, director of operations at The Good Care Group, who will deliver the provider perspective on mental health issues.