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Coming soon - the Mental Capacity Act Podcast

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a hugely significant piece of legislation. Yet it is widely misunderstood and often poorly implemented. It applies in England and Wales only, and its purpose is to enable people to make decisions about their own lives, if they possibly can. Decisions could be simple and routine, such as whether to have a cup of tea or a cup of coffee in the morning. Or they could be very profound, such as whether to have treatment for cancer, whether to continue living in one's own home, or whether to have sex.

A weekly podcast

To the best of our knowledge there isn't a weekly podcast out there covering the Mental Capacity Act. So we've decided to create one ourselves! The first two episodes will be released on 10th June  2019. Thereafter they will be weekly. You can choose to listen directly on your computer, or (as most people prefer) you'll be able to download them and listen to them on the go on your tablet or mobile device. In order to do this for free you'll need to download the Patreon app from iTunes (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices). This app is free to download and free to use - all you need is a Patreon account which again is completely free to set up. 

There is also a Facebook discussion group linked to the podcast which you are very welcome to join now if you wish.

Bonus content

Although the podcasts themselves will be free to download, there will be lots of exclusive bonus features available to anyone who wishes to become a Patron by paying a small monthly subscription (starting at £3.75 per month). Bonus features include the ability to listen to the podcast in any app, not just the Patreon one, downloadable handouts, powerpoint presentations, word-for-word transcripts of each episode etc, as well as podcast interviews with people who are involved with the Mental Capacity Act (eg lawyers, MCA/DOLS Leads, campaigners, carers and users of services).

Please click on the "Tiers" section for more information about bonus content. 

Who will be interested in the podcasts?

We hope of course that the podcasts will be of interest to anyone involved in the very broad field of health and social care, which includes professionals, volunteers, family members, users of services etc. But moreover we hope they will be of interest to the population in general. In a very narrow sense the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is the law, so it must be followed, but in a wider sense the issues that it covers - the ability to make decisions for oneself - are really important moral dilemmas which touch the lives of all of us.

About the host

 My name is David Thornicroft and I'm the Managing Director of St Thomas Training. We deliver health & social care training all over the country for local authorities, health trusts, private, voluntary and independent organisations. Most of my training over the past few years has been on the Mental Capacity Act, but I also cover Safeguarding Adults and mental health issues. For more information about us please visit www.stthomastraining.co.uk


Timetable

Release time is noon on Mondays (Silver and Gold Patrons get early access, ie noon the previous Thursday).
Please check back here regularly during May 2019 for more details. Or of course we will let you know by email if you're on our mailing list.


Series 1: The fundamentals of the Act
  • Episode 1 - All about this podcast (10th June 2019)
  • Episode 2 - Why was the Act introduced (10th June 2019)
  • Episode 3 - The 5 Statutory Principles (17th June 2019)
  • Episode 4 - Helping & supporting people to make their own decisions (24th June 2019)
  • Episode 5 - Who should assess capacity, and when? (1st July 2019)
  • Episode 6 - How to assess capacity (8th July 2019)
  • Bonus episode 1: A summary of Series 1 (July 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)
  • Bonus interview 1: Mark Neary (counsellor, writer, speaker, co-founder of the "Rightful Lives" online exhibition, human rights campaigner, and father of Steven who was unlawfully detained by the London Borough of Hillingdon in 2009-10) (July 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)


Series 2: More details about the Act
  • Episode 1 - Making best interests decisions (12th August 2019)
  • Episode 2 - Protection for people who provide care or treatment (19th August 2019)
  • Episode 3 - Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court Appointed Deputies (26th August 2019)
  • Episode 4 - The role of the Court of Protection (2nd September 2019)
  • Episode 5 - Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment (9th September 2019)
  • Episode 6 - Independent mental capacity advocacy services (16th September 2019
  • Bonus episode 2 - A summary of Series 2 (Sept/Oct 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)
  • Bonus interview 2: Interviewee to be confirmed (Sept/Oct 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)


Series 3: Still more details about the Act
  • Episode 1 - Safeguards and controls relating to research (21st October 2019)
  • Episode 2 - Children, young people and mental capacity (28th October 2019)
  • Episode 3 - The crossover with the Mental Health Act (4th November 2019)
  • Episode 4 - The role of the Public Guardian (11th November 2019)
  • Episode 5 - Resolving disputes about capacity and best interests (18th November 2019)
  • Episode 6 - Data protection and sharing of information (25th November 2019)
  • Bonus episode 3 - A summary of Series 3 (December 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)
  • Bonus interview 3: Interviewee to be confirmed (December 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)


***

Series 4 and beyond are dependent on sufficient numbers of Patrons subscribing to our Bronze, Silver or Gold subscription tiers. Patrons can then influence the order, and content, of these Series. Each Series will continue with the same structure as above, taking in real Court of Protection cases. Proposed topics include:

***
Series ??: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Liberty Protection Safeguards
Series ??: Sexual Activity and the Mental Capacity Act
Series ??: More detail about assessing capacity
Series ??: More detail about best interests
Series ??: Life sustaining treatment
Series ??: Mental capacity legislation outside of England and Wales
Series ??: Unwise decisions


Tiers
Bronze Patron
$5 or more per month

(approximately £3.75 per month)


We are not looking to make a huge profit out of these podcasts. But of course they have required us to make a significant investment terms of equipment and time. At present we have only committed to the first 3 series. If you would like the podcasts continue to be released weekly, beyond those first 3 series, please consider becoming a "Bronze Patron". In exchange for this small monthly subscription you will receive:


  • your own personal RSS feed (this sounds very geeky, but it will enable you to download the podcast into your favourite podcast player app). NB this feature works with most podcast player apps, but not all, so you might want to check out this help page if you have any problems: https://support.patreon.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005429546-Will-my-podcast-rewards-work-with-my-favorite-podcast-app-
  • the opportunity to influence the content of Series 4 and beyond (ie choice of topic to address, Court of Protection cases to cover)
  • a mention at the start of the next podcast
  • a thank you video message from me
  • your name and/or organisation listed on the podcast page of St Thomas Training's website - https://www.stthomastraining.co.uk/themcapodcast.html - as well as one link to your own social media site (eg website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Linkedin profile etc)


NB: once you have set up your subscription, please email [email protected] to let us know what link you want us to add to the podcast page of our website

Silver Patron
$10 or more per month

(approximately £7.50 per month)


The podcasts themselves will always be free to download. But by becoming a "Silver Patron", in exchange for this modest monthly subscription you will receive:


  • everything in the Bronze tier, plus:
  • your own photograph, or your own company logo, plus up to 3 links on the podcast page of St Thomas Training's website (https://www.stthomastraining.co.uk/themcapodcast) to your own social media sites (eg your website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Linkedin profile etc)
  • early access to each episode (noon on Thursday, rather than noon the following Monday)
  • a post after each episode, with a downloadable PDF attachment containing extra notes about that episode which you can print off to build up a folder of information on the Mental Capacity Act
  • A downloadable PowerPoint presentation at the end of each series, covering the main points of that series


NB: once you have set up your subscription, please email [email protected] to let us know what links you want us to add to the podcast page of our website

Gold Patron
$20 or more per month

(approximately £15.00 per month)


If you wish to go the extra mile, please sign up to be a "Gold Patron". In exchange for this very generous monthly subscription you will receive:


  • everything in the Bronze and Silver tiers, plus:
  • regular (approximately one every 6 weeks) bonus episodes containing interviews we have conducted with people who are involved with the Mental Capacity Act (lawyers, social workers, health professionals, MCA Leads, trainers, family members, people who use services etc)
  • the opportunity to influence those interviews (eg choosing whom to interview, and any particular questions you want us to ask of them)
  • a bonus episode at the end of each series, containing a summary of the episodes in that series, and some questions to test your own knowledge of what has been covered
  • a downloadable PDF document of these questions, and the answers
  • a word-for-word transcript of each episode, including the interviews, compiled as a downloadable PDF document


NB: once you have set up your subscription, please email [email protected] to let us know what links you want us to add to the podcast page of our website


Coming soon - the Mental Capacity Act Podcast

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a hugely significant piece of legislation. Yet it is widely misunderstood and often poorly implemented. It applies in England and Wales only, and its purpose is to enable people to make decisions about their own lives, if they possibly can. Decisions could be simple and routine, such as whether to have a cup of tea or a cup of coffee in the morning. Or they could be very profound, such as whether to have treatment for cancer, whether to continue living in one's own home, or whether to have sex.

A weekly podcast

To the best of our knowledge there isn't a weekly podcast out there covering the Mental Capacity Act. So we've decided to create one ourselves! The first two episodes will be released on 10th June  2019. Thereafter they will be weekly. You can choose to listen directly on your computer, or (as most people prefer) you'll be able to download them and listen to them on the go on your tablet or mobile device. In order to do this for free you'll need to download the Patreon app from iTunes (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices). This app is free to download and free to use - all you need is a Patreon account which again is completely free to set up. 

There is also a Facebook discussion group linked to the podcast which you are very welcome to join now if you wish.

Bonus content

Although the podcasts themselves will be free to download, there will be lots of exclusive bonus features available to anyone who wishes to become a Patron by paying a small monthly subscription (starting at £3.75 per month). Bonus features include the ability to listen to the podcast in any app, not just the Patreon one, downloadable handouts, powerpoint presentations, word-for-word transcripts of each episode etc, as well as podcast interviews with people who are involved with the Mental Capacity Act (eg lawyers, MCA/DOLS Leads, campaigners, carers and users of services).

Please click on the "Tiers" section for more information about bonus content. 

Who will be interested in the podcasts?

We hope of course that the podcasts will be of interest to anyone involved in the very broad field of health and social care, which includes professionals, volunteers, family members, users of services etc. But moreover we hope they will be of interest to the population in general. In a very narrow sense the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is the law, so it must be followed, but in a wider sense the issues that it covers - the ability to make decisions for oneself - are really important moral dilemmas which touch the lives of all of us.

About the host

 My name is David Thornicroft and I'm the Managing Director of St Thomas Training. We deliver health & social care training all over the country for local authorities, health trusts, private, voluntary and independent organisations. Most of my training over the past few years has been on the Mental Capacity Act, but I also cover Safeguarding Adults and mental health issues. For more information about us please visit www.stthomastraining.co.uk


Timetable

Release time is noon on Mondays (Silver and Gold Patrons get early access, ie noon the previous Thursday).
Please check back here regularly during May 2019 for more details. Or of course we will let you know by email if you're on our mailing list.


Series 1: The fundamentals of the Act
  • Episode 1 - All about this podcast (10th June 2019)
  • Episode 2 - Why was the Act introduced (10th June 2019)
  • Episode 3 - The 5 Statutory Principles (17th June 2019)
  • Episode 4 - Helping & supporting people to make their own decisions (24th June 2019)
  • Episode 5 - Who should assess capacity, and when? (1st July 2019)
  • Episode 6 - How to assess capacity (8th July 2019)
  • Bonus episode 1: A summary of Series 1 (July 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)
  • Bonus interview 1: Mark Neary (counsellor, writer, speaker, co-founder of the "Rightful Lives" online exhibition, human rights campaigner, and father of Steven who was unlawfully detained by the London Borough of Hillingdon in 2009-10) (July 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)


Series 2: More details about the Act
  • Episode 1 - Making best interests decisions (12th August 2019)
  • Episode 2 - Protection for people who provide care or treatment (19th August 2019)
  • Episode 3 - Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court Appointed Deputies (26th August 2019)
  • Episode 4 - The role of the Court of Protection (2nd September 2019)
  • Episode 5 - Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment (9th September 2019)
  • Episode 6 - Independent mental capacity advocacy services (16th September 2019
  • Bonus episode 2 - A summary of Series 2 (Sept/Oct 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)
  • Bonus interview 2: Interviewee to be confirmed (Sept/Oct 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)


Series 3: Still more details about the Act
  • Episode 1 - Safeguards and controls relating to research (21st October 2019)
  • Episode 2 - Children, young people and mental capacity (28th October 2019)
  • Episode 3 - The crossover with the Mental Health Act (4th November 2019)
  • Episode 4 - The role of the Public Guardian (11th November 2019)
  • Episode 5 - Resolving disputes about capacity and best interests (18th November 2019)
  • Episode 6 - Data protection and sharing of information (25th November 2019)
  • Bonus episode 3 - A summary of Series 3 (December 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)
  • Bonus interview 3: Interviewee to be confirmed (December 2019 - for Gold Patrons only)


***

Series 4 and beyond are dependent on sufficient numbers of Patrons subscribing to our Bronze, Silver or Gold subscription tiers. Patrons can then influence the order, and content, of these Series. Each Series will continue with the same structure as above, taking in real Court of Protection cases. Proposed topics include:

***
Series ??: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Liberty Protection Safeguards
Series ??: Sexual Activity and the Mental Capacity Act
Series ??: More detail about assessing capacity
Series ??: More detail about best interests
Series ??: Life sustaining treatment
Series ??: Mental capacity legislation outside of England and Wales
Series ??: Unwise decisions


Recent posts by The Mental Capacity Act Podcast

Tiers
Bronze Patron
$5 or more per month

(approximately £3.75 per month)


We are not looking to make a huge profit out of these podcasts. But of course they have required us to make a significant investment terms of equipment and time. At present we have only committed to the first 3 series. If you would like the podcasts continue to be released weekly, beyond those first 3 series, please consider becoming a "Bronze Patron". In exchange for this small monthly subscription you will receive:


  • your own personal RSS feed (this sounds very geeky, but it will enable you to download the podcast into your favourite podcast player app). NB this feature works with most podcast player apps, but not all, so you might want to check out this help page if you have any problems: https://support.patreon.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005429546-Will-my-podcast-rewards-work-with-my-favorite-podcast-app-
  • the opportunity to influence the content of Series 4 and beyond (ie choice of topic to address, Court of Protection cases to cover)
  • a mention at the start of the next podcast
  • a thank you video message from me
  • your name and/or organisation listed on the podcast page of St Thomas Training's website - https://www.stthomastraining.co.uk/themcapodcast.html - as well as one link to your own social media site (eg website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Linkedin profile etc)


NB: once you have set up your subscription, please email [email protected] to let us know what link you want us to add to the podcast page of our website

Silver Patron
$10 or more per month

(approximately £7.50 per month)


The podcasts themselves will always be free to download. But by becoming a "Silver Patron", in exchange for this modest monthly subscription you will receive:


  • everything in the Bronze tier, plus:
  • your own photograph, or your own company logo, plus up to 3 links on the podcast page of St Thomas Training's website (https://www.stthomastraining.co.uk/themcapodcast) to your own social media sites (eg your website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Linkedin profile etc)
  • early access to each episode (noon on Thursday, rather than noon the following Monday)
  • a post after each episode, with a downloadable PDF attachment containing extra notes about that episode which you can print off to build up a folder of information on the Mental Capacity Act
  • A downloadable PowerPoint presentation at the end of each series, covering the main points of that series


NB: once you have set up your subscription, please email [email protected] to let us know what links you want us to add to the podcast page of our website

Gold Patron
$20 or more per month

(approximately £15.00 per month)


If you wish to go the extra mile, please sign up to be a "Gold Patron". In exchange for this very generous monthly subscription you will receive:


  • everything in the Bronze and Silver tiers, plus:
  • regular (approximately one every 6 weeks) bonus episodes containing interviews we have conducted with people who are involved with the Mental Capacity Act (lawyers, social workers, health professionals, MCA Leads, trainers, family members, people who use services etc)
  • the opportunity to influence those interviews (eg choosing whom to interview, and any particular questions you want us to ask of them)
  • a bonus episode at the end of each series, containing a summary of the episodes in that series, and some questions to test your own knowledge of what has been covered
  • a downloadable PDF document of these questions, and the answers
  • a word-for-word transcript of each episode, including the interviews, compiled as a downloadable PDF document


NB: once you have set up your subscription, please email [email protected] to let us know what links you want us to add to the podcast page of our website