We offer a range of courses to suit all levels of Nursing and Medical staff. The following courses are recommended:

Managing Conditionally Discharged Patients as Medical and Social Supervisors

“Best Practice for Social Supervisors”

There is evidence to suggest that practitioners responsible for supervising restricted patients in the community have had little if any training in order to ensure safe practice and the protection of the public. Following the Peter Bryan Inquiry Report (2009) “The Ministry of Justice should consider giving guidance as to what competences and experience are required for any Supervising Psychiatrists or Social Supervisors”. Trusts & Local Authorities have a responsibility to ensure that all their employees who might have to take responsibility for a section 37/41 MHA patient have sufficient and appropriate skills to do so. Therefore they should devise and implement training, CPD & induction programmes aimed at effective management of restricted patients.” (Peter Bryan Inquiry Report (Sep. 2009)). Feedback from course participant “The course on social supervisors was a ‘breath of fresh air’. For the first time in my social work career someone was giving me clear direction as to my legal responsibilities as a social supervisor and the practicalities of how to best implement this. The trainer’s focus was practitioner based and suddenly, all that had been unclear to me made sense! The very next day I was able to attend an inpatient review on a patient who is subject to Section 37/41 and confidently assert my roles and responsibilities as the potential social supervisor following his discharge from hospital.” (South Wales 2010) Suggestions are provided for a structured approach to decision making, and how “reasons” can be laid out to avoid legal challenge. The day includes some practical exercises, handouts, and examples of good and bad practice.

Who’s this course for?

This course is for Social Supervisors whether social worker or nurse providing supervision for Conditionally Discharged Patients under the Mental Health Act 1983. It offers a practice based approach with practical case studies and opportunities to learn from past and present Mental Health Inquiries. This course is also suitable for Medical supervisors and those preparing to be Supervisors.

Trainer

Qualified Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Senior Forensic Social Worker experienced Social Supervisor whom has delivered courses to a wide range of Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts.

Program

  • Who are Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs)?
  • Role of the Ministry of Justice
  • Role & responsibilities of the Social & Medical Supervisors
  • New Guidelines for Social Supervisors – Ministry of Justice
  • Lessons from the various Inquiries
  • Case Studies and Good Practice

Learning Disability

  • To understanding Conditional Discharge MHA 1983
  • To understand the role of Social & Medical supervisor
  • To be able to integrate the guidelines for social supervisor into practice
  • To understand the role of the Ministry of Justice
  • To understand when to make contact with the Ministry of Justice
  • To understand the process of recall and recall warrants
  • To understand the lessons learnt from the John Barrett Inquiry
  • To understand the importance of multi-professional working

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Parts II & III Mental Health Act 1983 in practice

Contents

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Introduction to assessment of Autism under the Mental Health Act

Who’s this course for?

This course is specifically designed to enable care practitioners, whether community nurses, social workers, care staff and support staff to understand the condition of Autism & Asperger Syndrome. The course covers general awareness, the differences between the two conditions; Autism & Mental Illness and improves the practitioners communication skills, thereby  developing their skills when assessing those whom are or have been detained under the MHA 1983.

Program

  • 09.30 What is Autism (ASC) & Asperger Syndrome (AS). Prevalence, causes of ASC, and the triad of differences.
  • 10.15  Autism & Mental illness
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 Asperger syndrome - Inner Space
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 13.15 Autism/Aspergers inner space - Sensory Overload
  • 14.45 Break
  • 15.00 Assessment under the MHA & Case Studies
  • 16.00 Resources & reflection of good practice

Learning outcomes

  • To provide a general awareness of Autism, including the triad of differences.
  • To enable participants to  understand the causes and p
  • revalence of Autism & Asperger syndrome, including associated mental illnesses
  • To enable participants to understand inner space an insight into the inner world of Autism/ Asperger Syndrome
  • To enable participants to understand issues relation to communication and sensory overload when assessing and working with people with Autism & Asperger Syndrome
  • To enable participants to improve their assessment skills for those being assessed under the MHA 1983
  • To provide case studies to enable practitioner to apply good practice when assessing individuals with Autistic Condition

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Autism and Mental Health

Who’s this course for?

This course is for those with a basic understanding of Autism who want to enhance their understanding and skills in identifying mental health needs of those with Autism or Asperger syndrome. The course will be of particularly interest to AMHPs, Nurses, Care Managers and practitioners with a basic understanding of Autism.

Program

  • 9.30 What is Autism?
  • 10.15 Prevalence, causes, DSM V & ICD10
  • 10.45. Break
  • 11.00 Autism & Mental Health
  • 11.45 Autism - Anxiety, Depression & Schizophrenia
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 1.00 Autism, impact of sensory overload on mental health
  • 2.45 Break
  • 3.00 Case Studies in practice & good practice
  • 4.00 Resources

Learning outcomes

  • An overview of Autism & Asperger Syndrome
  • To provide participants with an understanding of diagnosis, prevalence & causes
  • To enable participants to understand the main mental health needs associated with Autism
  • To enable participants to understand the connections between Autism & schizophrenia, including anxiety conditions, depression, OCD, ADD etc.
  • To enable participants understand the impact of sensory issues in Autism and mental health
  • To provide case studies in order to develop and promote good practice in identifying mental illness on those with Autism

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Risk assessment & mentally disordered offenders

Program

  • Who are Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs)?
  • Prevalence of MDO
  • Part III MHA 1983
  • Transfer Prisoners
  • Hospital Orders
  • Restriction Orders
  • Conditional Discharge
  • Domestic, Crime & Violence Act 2004
  • Mental Health Act 2007 Amendments

Learning Outcomes

  • To provide participants with an understanding of whom MDOs are and the prevalence rates of MDOs
  • Course participants can expect to learn a basic Introduction to Part III MHA 1983 & MHA 1983 COP
  • To enable participants to understand the implications of other legislation, including the amendments to the 1983 MHA and MCA
  • To enable participants to understand the transfer of prisoners to and from hospital

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Assessment of people with a Learning Disability & the Mental Health Act 1983

Program

  • Roles & Responsibilities of AMHP when assessing people with a learning disability
  • Part II & III MHA 1983, Code of Practice and People with a Learning Disability
  • What is “abnormally aggressive behaviour and irresponsible conduct”?
  • Causes, prevalence, and diagnosis of mental illness in people with learning disabilities
  • Learning Disability, health and its association with mental illness
  • Chromosomal disorders associated with learning disability/mental health, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Fragile X, Down syndrome & Prader Willie Syndrome
  • Best practice – developing basic communication skills

Learning Outcomes

To enable participants to develop skills and best practice when assessing people with learning disabilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 & MHA Code of Practice.

To enable participants to identify and understand the how mental illness impacts on the lives of people with learning disabilities.

To enable participants to understand the various types of mental illness and how these are associated with chromosomal disorders and other syndromes.

To understand the impact of epilepsy and its correlation with mental illness and learning disability.

To enable course participants to develop the necessary skills to interview a person with learning disabilities, taking into account issues of communication, degree of learning  disability and /or associated syndrome.

To update participant’s knowledge and understanding on recent changes to Mental Health Law.

To provide course participants with the skills by which to utilise other agencies when assessing people with learning disabilities.

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Care and Support Staff

Forensics