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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Values and Capacity - Online Conference - Papers Open

What follows is a press release I received over the invaluable 'Janet Cobb Network'.
I have already written a little about the Mental Capacity Bill, and the Rights of Vulnerable People and I hope to make a few little contributions 'from the floor' at this conference, essays and access to the internet permitting:

Papers are now open at the Values and Mental Capacity conference.

This free, online conference takes place at the Connects Conference Centre from 1 PM on Wednesday 23 March.

. The Connects Conference Centre can be found at http://www.connects.org.uk/conferences
. The easy-read version of the conference can be found at http://www.connects.org.uk/capacity


About the conference

This conference will address a wide range of issues concerning values and mental capacity as they affect people of all ages with mental health problems and people with learning disabilities.

This is an area of fundamental importance in relation to policy, practice, and personal perspectives. It is critical that individuals, organisations and services recognise the centrality of values in defining people's identities and their capacity to make decisions. The conference builds on the Values in Mental Health Conference, held at the Connects Conference Centre in March 2003. It also takes account of recent and proposed legislation on mental capacity within the United Kingdom.

Key themes,

The conference will explore a number of themes, including

. What is mental capacity and why are values important to mental capacity?
. Whose values are we talking about?
. What's been going on with values since the last conference?
. How can mental capacity be assessed in ways that take into account people's often different values?
. What's currently happening in UK policy and legislation about mental capacity and values?

Conference aims

The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity to discuss
these crucial issues and themes.

Who should attend?

The conference will be of interest to a wide range of people, both in the UK and other countries, including

. people of all ages with disabilities, including people with mental health problems or learning disabilities
. carers, including family and relatives of people with disabilities
. service providers, including health care professionals
. policy makers, within the UK and other countries
. academics and researchers

Registration

You can register for the conference at www.connects.org.uk/conferences

You do not need to register to view the papers at the easyread version of the conference. However, you will only be able to see key points from the papers, not the full papers.

Registration at the conference is free and should take no more than 2 minutes.
To participate in the conference you will need access to the World Wide Web. You will also need an email address if you wish to contribute to the discussions.

Programme

Thursday, 13 January 2005

Foyer and Exhibition open

You will be able to talk to other delegates before the conference begins.
You will also have a chance to view the conference exhibition

Wednesday, 16 March 2005

Papers open

You will be able to view the papers for the conference from Wednesday, 16 March 2005 - one week before the conference opens.

Contributors will include

. Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs (responsible for Mental Capacity Legislation)
. Professor Anthony Sheehan, Director of Care Services, Department of Health

Wednesday, 23 March 2005 13.00 - Conference Opens

You will be able to view and participate in any/all of the following discussions:

. What is mental capacity and why are values important to mental capacity?
. Whose values are we talking about?
. What's been going on with values since the last conference?
. How can mental capacity be assessed in ways that take into account
people's often different values?
. What's currently happening in UK policy and legislation about mental
capacity and values?

17.00 - Conference Closes

At the time of going to press this programme was deemed correct. We reserve the right to alter or cancel any part of the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.

More information

You can find more information about the conference, including the full programme, at http://www.connects.org.uk/conferences

If you wish to exhibit at the conference, please contact us at the address below.

The Connects Conference Centre

The Connects Conference Centre is the leading online venue for mental health and learning disability conferences. It is a place where you can meet hundreds of other people to talk about key issues affecting people with mental health problems
and/or learning disabilities.

It is part of Connects: the mental health and learning disabilities portal. It is owned and run by the Mental Health Foundation and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 9th Floor, Sea Containers House, London SE1 9QB. Tel 020 7803
1100.
Email portal@connects.org.uk. Company Limited by Guarantee No 2350846 Registered Charity No 801130

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