What we changed
Seeking to address these challenges, the team has dedicated itself to a comprehensive training programme for professionals and sought every opportunity to inform policy across the UK.
The team has delivered specially-designed research-informed training to more than 120 judges through a Judicial College module, hundreds of legal professionals through the Court of Practice Practitioners Association, and thousands of Best Interest Assessors, doctors, mental health professionals and independent mental capacity advocates through the EAP program of onsite workforce training.
EAP research has informed Ministry of Justice and Law Commission positions on the Mental Capacity Act and when Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned an independent review of the Mental Health Act, EAP analysis of coercive care was cited in the report.
In Scotland EAP’s audit of Compulsive Treatment Orders is influencing the ongoing Scott Review – the Scottish independent review of Scottish mental health and mental health capacity legislation.
While in Northern Ireland EAP Director, Professor Wayne Martin, provided evidence to the Committee of the National Assembly which was described by one participant as being of “signal importance” in making clear the importance of patient wishes.
Professor Wayne Martin, Director of the EAP, said: “We are living through of period of extraordinary change in the practices of care. It has been a privilege to help embed principles of autonomy and human rights at the heart of the care relationship.”