Mental Capacity Assessment & supported decision-making for SLTs

About the Workshop

  • This workshop will focus on working with people with acquired neurological conditions and will be lead by two leading experts in the field, Mark Jayes, a speech and language therapist, with specialist knowledge of Mental Capacity Assessment and Anna Volkmer, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and speech and language therapist. The practical workshop will help you get to grips with assessment of mental capacity, with a particular focus on working with people with acquired neurological conditions. This workshop will enable delegates to:

    •   • Understand current mental capacity and advance care planning legislation;
    •   • Describe the various roles SLTs can play in relation to mental capacity and supported decision-making;
    •   • Identify available tools and resources to support capacity assessment;
    •   • Be aware of the current research literature on capacity and dementia, aphasia and other acquired neurological conditions;
    •   • Consider how other aspects of capacity law, such as future planning, may be integrated within SLT clinical practice;
    •   • Problem solve and reflect on cases where decision making capacity and dysphagia and/or communication are areas of concern and enable delegates to practice methods to use to investigate and enhance service users’ different decision-making abilities.

    Who is this workshop for?

    This workshop is open to any Speech and Language Therapists working with patients where assessing mental capacity it an essential aspect of their ongoing care and management, but with a particular focus on patients with a neurological problem.

    About Mark Jayes

    Research Fellow in Communication Disability, Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Honorary Research Fellow, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.

    Over a 15 year clinical career, Mark gained extensive experience of managing highly specialist speech and language therapy adult caseloads in acute hospitals and providing training and clinical education in communication and swallowing disorders. In 2013, Mark was awarded an HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship to complete his PhD. Mark’s doctoral research explored mental capacity assessment practice in healthcare settings. His PhD involved the development and feasibility testing of the Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit (MCAST). Mark has written journal articles and book chapters on topics related to mental capacity, supported decision-making and informed consent. He has provided training on these topics and presented his research findings to multidisciplinary audiences in the UK and Europe. He provided expert testimony to the committee for the 2018 NICE SCIE guideline for decision-making and mental capacity. Mark is a national specialist advisor for the RCSLT and led the RCSLT project to develop web guidance relating to supported decision-making and mental capacity. Mark is also UK delegate to CPLOL, the European umbrella organisation of professional speech and language therapy associations ( Mark’s other research interests include acquired communication disability in adults, inclusive communication approaches, user-centred healthcare design and ethics-based practice.

    About Anna Volkmer

    NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Language and Cognition Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London

    Anna Volkmer graduated as a speech and language therapist from University College London in 2002. Since then Anna has worked with adults with acquired neurological conditions across England and Australia. She completed a Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation at Flinders University, South Australia in 2009. Since returning to the UK in 2010 Anna has written three books; the first focusing on the assessment and management of communication in dementia, the second two on the role of the speech and language therapist in mental capacity. Anna currently holds an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship and is studying for her PhD at University College London. She has recently been part of the committee writing the forthcoming NICE SCIE guidelines on decision making and mental capacity, details of which you can access from here. She has also been working with Dr Mark Jayes on the forthcoming RCSLT webpages and position paper on decision making and mental capacity.

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    100% would recommend the training to other SLTs  


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