New Leader appointed of New Mental Capacity Forum

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Baroness Ilora Finlay has been appointed as the lead of the new Mental Capacity Forum, the body responsible for raising awareness on the mental capacity act.

The body has been set up to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders within health and social care to further the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act. The intention is to find grounds of commonality in ways to advance the interests of those that lack capacity across the wide range of services they come in contact with. The Forum was set up by Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health. The group will comprise a small group of key stakeholders supported by a wider group of members.

Baroness Finlay is an expert in palliative care and a cross bench peer and said the following of her future strategy:

“Over the next few weeks and months I will be reaching out to partners as we look to determine the new Forum’s priorities. At the heart of this will be supporting local cross-sector partnerships to bring about change. In some parts of the country I know there is excellent practice at many levels. But elsewhere this is not the case. Talk of poor MCA implementation will not, on its own, solve the problems. Real action and changes at many levels are needed now.”

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