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Mental capacity consultation: two important conferences

The Law Centre's Colin Harper, Assistant Director (Community Care and Mental Health Policy), will speak at two conferences focusing on the draft Mental Capacity Bill for Northern Ireland.

The Mental Capacity (Health, Welfare & Finance) Bill which has just been issued for public consultation will break new ground by fusing mental health and mental capacity law into a single piece of legislation. It will introduce a single, statutory framework governing all situations where a decision needs to be made in relation to the care, treatment or personal welfare and finance of persons who lack capacity to make the decision for themselves.

• Mental Capacity in an Ageing Society

Tuesday 1 July 2014, 9.45am, The Duncairn Centre, Belfast

Alzheimer's Society and Stratagem are holding a half day discussion focussing on how the draft bill relates to people with dementia and family carers. An international line-up of experts will present lessons learnt from recent experience outside Northern Ireland and will suggest how the developing legislation has or might benefit from these precedents.

This event is free but requires pre-registration as spaces are limited. Contact Chris McCreery at Stratagem on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 028 90 872800

• A Draft Mental Capacity Bill for NI: reducing stigma, empowering the individual

Thursday 3 July 2014, 9am, The Law Society, Belfast

At an event organised by Chambré Public Affairs, Health Minister Edwin Poots and Justice Minister David Ford will explain their Departments' framework intended to deliver the Bamford vision of reducing the stigma associated with having a separate mental health law.

They will be joined by other speakers discussing how the vision can be implemented, including Professor Roy McClelland, former chair of the Bamford Review.
View the conference programme

Register for the event

For further information contact Gemma or Jenny at Chambré Public Affairs on 028 9026 8600 or visit www.eyeonthehill.com

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