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Health and Social Care professionals who are qualified as Mental Capacity Act Best Interest Assessors (BIAs) are statutorily required to complete annual refresher training.

This programme provides this statutory refresher training, and is being delivered in a new conference style format. It brings regional and national experts on law, theory, practice and policy to the region, and provides a space for key stakeholders such as BIAs, Local Authority and NHS Leads, principle SWs, IMCAs, legal reps, researchers, CQC etc. to think about the transition from DoLS to LPSs together.

Date: Friday 24th May 2019

Venue: School of Business & Law, City Campus East (CCE1), Northumbria University, Newcastle

Course Information

Award Type Certificate of Attendance

Delivery Method Conference

Northumbria University, City Campus East, CCE1 School of Business and Law

Start 24th May 2019

9.30 – 4pm

Health, Sport and Social Care

£110 per person including refreshments and lunch

We have delivered BIA refresher training across the northeast for 8 years and our programme has always received outstanding feedback.

Carole Southall and Cat Meredith who lecture within the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences,  have human rights and MCA expertise in practice, teaching and research, and strong partnerships with services and practitioners across the northeast.

The reputation of the university and the department means that we are able to attract high profile national experts as conference speakers.

Confirmed speakers for this event are:

Neil Allen

Neil Allen is a Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. With particular interests in human rights, mental health and incapacity law, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, and regularly delivers training for a variety of audiences including health and local authorities, s12 doctors, GPs, AMHPs, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and law firms. He has been involved in many of the leading cases in this field, including Cheshire West, N v ACCG, and Re X. Since 2014 Neil has been ranked by the legal profession in Chambers and Partners’ Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers and Legal500 as a leading Barrister:

“Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things CoP, but also very likeable and pragmatic.” Legal500 2019

"He brings a really great and broad perspective to cases thanks to his academic background. He has an excellent technical understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and community care law, and he is very good at dealing with both lay and professional clients.” Chambers & Partners 2018

Neil co-authored the Law Society’s guide on Deprivation of Liberty, assisted ADASS with the DoLS forms, and is an Advisor to the Care Quality Commission’s DoLS Group. His published academic commentary on the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and DoLS is featured in legal books and journals. As Clinical Lead for the University’s Legal Advice Centre, Neil provides and promotes the provision of free legal advice which includes his award-winning Dementia Law Clinic.

Lorraine Currie

Lorraine Currie is the MCA Professional Lead for a local Authority and a Visiting Lecturer at Wolverhampton and Keele Universities.  Lorraine Chairs the West Midlands Region and the National DoLS Leads groups. She also carries out MCA Consultancy work which to date has mainly been for ADASS and the LGA including leading the review of DoLS Forms and National Guidance for Form 3.

Outside of work Lorraine lives in North Shropshire and enjoys peace and quiet, reading and watching meaningless TV to unwind. Lorraine is also engaged in providing support to her daughter following an accident in 2010. Although this was a family tragedy it has contributed to a greater understanding of the need for personalised care and responsive services. 

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, where he is the Director of the Essex Autonomy Project — a multi-disciplinary research and public policy initiative investigating the ideal of self-determination (autonomy) in the context of care (health care, social care, elder care, psychiatric care, etc.)  He holds an honorary research appointment at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at The Maudsley and is Principal Investigator on the “Insight” workstream of the Wellcome Mental Health and Justice project. His team regularly provides research support to government bodies both in the UK and abroad.  Further information about the Essex Autonomy Project can be found at the project website:   

The programme brings regional and national experts on law, theory, practice and policy to the region, and provides a space for key stakeholders such as BIAs, Local Authority and NHS Leads, principle SWs, IMCAs, legal reps, researchers, CQC etc. to think about the transition from DoLS to LPSs together.

New legislation is currently being introduced which will end the BIA role and introduce a new legal process called the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). This programme provides an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about and begin to plan for this change.




The training will enable delegates to explore and understand current legal, ethical and practice issues related to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and deprivation of liberty. 


£110 per person including refreshments and lunch



Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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