Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment

Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment

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Course Overview

An advanced decision made under the Mental Health Act 2005 specifies what future medical and healthcare treatment you wish to refuse, if at that time you lack mental capacity.

Delivered by lecturer Steph Barber, this session will explore advance decisions and their impact in so far as the Mental Health Act 1983 is concerned. The following areas will be examined:

  • Validity
  • Withdrawal
  • Relying on advance decisions and healthcare professional’s liability
  • Medical treatment and detained patients

Intended to provide an introduction for those wishing to specialise in mental health law and tribunal work, this course will also provide an invaluable insight or reminder for those in practice.

In addition, the SRA standards for delivery of client services mean that “in taking instructions and during the course of the retainer, having proper regard to your client's mental capacity or other vulnerability…….”) which means that all solicitors and practitioners, irrespective of their specialist area of law, should be able to demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues and how they provide a service to, for example, someone who is detained under the Mental Health Act (Indicative Behaviour IB [1.6]) and an understanding of the basic concepts of the Mental Health Act.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the differences between advance decisions and advanced directives and the circumstances in which each will be appropriate
  • • Appreciate the importance of empowering patients and how this can be achieved
  • • Have a greater understanding of this area of mental health law

What is the target audience?

  • Mental health law practitioners



About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
    3 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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  • Price
  • £ 60