National Mental Capacity Forum new series of webinars: starting 20 October with DNACPR and the MCA


The National Mental Capacity Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a second series of National Mental Capacity Webinars, produced in collaboration with the Autonomy Project at the University of Essex, and with support from the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health and Social Care.


Born of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, National Mental Capacity Webinars provide a forum for free training and discussion for anyone involved in applying the Mental Capacity Act in practice. These 1-hour webinars bring together experts to address specific challenges relating to the MCA, and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and raise concerns, shaping the agenda for future webinars.

The webinars are designed for new, novice and experienced practitioners. There are many paths to learning and the webinar series will provide learning prompts for individual professionals, professional associations and networks.


The first webinar in the new series will take place on Thursday, 20 October, 2022, 1-2pm. It will focus on the application of the Mental Capacity Act to decisions around the initiation of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, along with practices concerning DNACPR (Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). We will review existing law regarding DNACPR, launch a new set of educational videos, and address some hard questions about the use of best-interests decision-making in the context of cardiac arrest.  Confirmed speakers include:  Karen Chumbley (Clinical Lead for End-of-Life Care; Suffolk & North East Essex ICS);  Margaret Flynn (Chair, National Mental Capacity Forum); Alex Ruck Keene (Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers); Prof Wayne Martin (Director, Essex Autonomy Project) and Ben Troke (Partner, Hill Dickinson solicitors).


Participation is free but places are limited. Advance registration is required. To register, please follow this link and take a few moments to answer the registration questions.

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