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Tuesday 10 April 2007
Raj Persaud finds out about a new law - the the Mental Capacity Act - to protect people who are not able to make their own decisions.
MENTAL CAPACITY ACT A new law - The Mental Capacity Act - comes into force in two distinct stages - in April and October this year - to protect people who are not able to make their own decisions. To find out the implications for patients and carers alike, Professor Raj Persaud talks to Heather Roberts, who has Alzheimers Disease, about how she and her husband, Dave, are planning for the moment when she won't be able to make decisions for herself.
Dr Julian Hughes, Consultant at North Tyneside General Hospital and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, at the Institute for Ageing and Health, explains how doctors decide when a person has lost their mental capacity.
MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG CHILDREN
Last week the mental health charity Rethink announced that between ten and twenty per cent of young people have a mental health problem. Rethink is currently working on a project led by the Institute of Psychiatry, to develop training for school nurses, enabling them to better recognise early warning signs.
Dr David Campbell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic’s Child and Family Department and Peter Wilson, Child Psychotherapist and Clinical Advisor at The Place2Be discuss the deteriorating mental health of young children and talk about the steps that are being taken to help them express their feelings.
Sara Parker, visits Chalkhill Primary School in Wembley and meets Lynne Darnell, the school project manager who is trained in psychodynamic counselling.
Dr Julian Hughes, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Wolfson Research Centre, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle General Hospital