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Covid-19 Update

Given the current situation with coronavirus, this conference has been postponed from 27th May 2020 to the 8th September 2020. This event will now be a virtual conference delivered via Zoom.

  • Event Date:       Tuesday 8th September 2020
  • Event Time:       09:00 to 1500
  • Event Location:  Online Webinar

The Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA; 2007) is a multifaceted legal framework that seeks to ensure the autonomy, liberties, protection, and support of adults aged 16 years or older. It has recently undergone a comprehensive parliamentary review and a number of significant changes will come into effect in 2020. 

The MCA can have a transformative impact on people’s lives and the application of the Act in clinical settings can be challenging for service users, clinicians and providers.  The outcomes of capacity assessments, best interest and Court of Protection rulings can have a profound impact on people’s lives. It can affect their right to choose where they live, to receive or refuse medical treatment, to make testamentary decisions, to engage in a sexual relationship or marriage and to manage their financial affairs. 

Webinar - Overview

Conforming to good practice guidance for the MCA and working with people with complex mental health and neurodevelopmental needs can be challenging. The Academic Centre, St Andrew’s Healthcare, will be hosting a one day live conference webinar to support clinicians to develop clinical practice skills. Bringing together key practitioners and academics, a series of oral presentations will be offered.

The event will offer oral papers that will be 40  minutes in length, with 10 minutes at the end of each for questions.

  • New features of the MCA: Liberty Protection safeguards : Led by Alex Ruck-Keene
  • Fluctuating capacity and advanced directives : Led by Dr Tania Gergel, KCL
  • Duty of care and the right to make unwise choices : Led by Francis Lyons
  • Capacity Dilemma’s for the discerning clinician : Led by Prof Keith Rix
  • Application of the MCA to BAME populations : Led by Dr Farshad Shaddel

Live Webinar Flyer & Full Agenda

Below you can download the Live Webinar Flyer which offers more details and the full webinar agenda.

St Andrews Mental Capacity Act Live Webinar FLyer 08.09.20

Who Will The Event Be Of Interest To?

The event will be of interest to those who work with complex populations presenting with mental capacity and mental health needs. It will be particularly relevant to responsible clinicians, trainees enrolled on higher psychiatry training programmes, senior clinicians involved in complex capacity assessments and clinicians in clinical leadership positions.

How to Book

To secure your place, please complete the Registration Form and email it to  :   [email protected]

Mental Capacity Act 2020 REGISTRATION FORM



Student in full- time education**


St Andrew's Staff**


**limited tickets available, these are allocated on a first come basis


Meet Our Speakers

We are extremely pleased to announce the following speakers at our MCA Live Webinar Conference.

Dr Tania Gergel

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Dr Tania Gergel

Dr Tania Gergel is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.  She is leading a team focusing on advance decision making in bipolar disorder within the Wellcome Trust Mental Health and Justice Research project.   The team advised on the recent Independent Review of the Mental Health Act and are currently working with the Department of Health and Social Care on reforms to the MHA in relation to advance decision-making.   Although Tania’s academic background was in ancient philosophy, her research now focuses on mental health, ethics and law, with areas of interest including: advance decision-making and decision making-capacity; the ethics of coercion and leverage within psychiatry; personal identity and mental disorder; and stigma.

Professor Keith Rix

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Professor Keith Rix, BMedBiol (Hons), MPhil, LLM, MD, FRCPsych, Hon FFFLM

Professor Keith Rix is a consultant forensic psychiatrist. His involvement in the forensic field began in the 1960’s when he lived in hostels in London with ex-offenders and assessed prisoners for hostel admission. He moved to Leeds as senior lecturer in psychiatry in 1983 and became a visiting consultant psychiatrist at HM Prison, Leeds. He established the Leeds Magistrates’ Court Mental Health Assessment and Diversion Scheme and the city’s forensic psychiatry service. He has provided expert evidence to the courts for over 35 years, including evidence on a pro bono basis in capital cases in the Caribbean and Africa, and he is the author of Expert Psychiatric Evidence (second edition due for publication in 2020) and lead author of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ report Responsibilities of psychiatrists who provide expert opinion to courts and tribunals.


He is also the editor of A Handbook for Trainee Psychiatrists and co-author, with his wife Elizabeth Lumsden Rix, of Alcohol Problems. He is on the Executive Council of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences and he is an associate editor of its journal Medicine, Science and the Law. He is also on the editorial board of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ CPD journal BJPsych Advances and to which he is a frequent contributor of papers on medicolegal subjects. He is a former Chairman of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal and part-time lecturer in the Department of Law, De Montfort University, Leicester. He is now Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, School of Medicine, University of Chester, and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. In 2015 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and he is now its Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Lead. He lives in Norfolk where he enjoys game cookery, bird watching, walking, jazz, opera and teaching his grandchildren the elements of marine engineering with a bucket and spade on North Norfolk’s beaches.

Dr Farshad Shaddel

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Dr Farshad Shaddel

Farshad Shaddel is a consultant psychiatrist, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a member of the CASC Panel at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is the director of the Oxford Centre of Medical Education and has led the Developing Learning & Teaching for medical educators programme (DLT Med Eds., a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Academy of Medical educators - AoME) since April 2019. Farshad has done his postgraduate qualification in leadership and teaching in Higher Education (PGDip-LATHE) with the University of Oxford. His special interest is formative and summative assessments in medical education.

Francis Lyons

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Francis Lyons

Francis is a partner in the Public Law team at Capsticks. He advises on legal issues arising from the commissioning, planning and delivery of health and social care.  Francis is recognised as an expert in mental health and mental capacity law. His recent MHA cases include ‘Munjaz’, in which the European Court described the seclusion policy he advised on as “exemplary” when allowing a departure from the Code of Practice, and the ‘Haines’ matter in which Francis represented Broadmoor Hospital in the first ever reported public tribunal hearing. His advice on the unlawful delegation of the Secretary of State’s s.12 MHA approval functions to an FT, resulted in emergency legislation in 2013. Francis has worked on secondment with a local authority, and as a member of a Foundation Trust Board’s MHA committee.

Francis is the Course Director for the Complanies Open University accredited Diploma in Clinical Risk and Claims Management. In addition to the support he provides to clients on policy development and decision making, Francis also advises on judicial review challenges, complaints, incident handling and the disclosure of information. Francis is ranked as leading solicitor in independent legal directories.

Alex Ruck-Keene

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Alex Ruck-Keene

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, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues.

Alex is a Wellcome Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and a Research Affiliate at the Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project and throughout 2018 was legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.