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RCSLT and DAA Webinar – Mental capacity: The role of speech and language therapists

Monday 20th November 2017

14.00 – 15.00

Following on from the first RCSLT/DAA joint webinar, where the pivotal role that speech and language therapists (SLTs) play in the dementia care pathway was discussed, this webinar specifically focused on the role SLTs play in determining a person’s mental capacity (their ability to make decisions) and supported decision-making.

Derek Munn, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, RCSLT, chaired the webinar, and was joined by presenters:

  • Mark Jayes, HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Sheffield; and
  • Dharinee Hansjee, Head of Speech and Language Therapy, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Speaker Biographies

Speech and language therapists protect and promote the interests of people with communication needs by supporting them to demonstrate whether or not they have decision-making capacity. They promote inclusion, dignity, choice, and equality of access to services. They also reduce the potential risk of people with communication needs being wrongly deemed as lacking capacity and, in some extreme cases, being deprived of their liberty (having decisions about their care or treatment made on their behalf in hospitals, care homes and other settings) unnecessarily because their individual needs have not been properly assessed and supported.