17 November 2017
Joined Up Approach Needed To Deal with Capacity Issues in NI
Greater awareness and a joined-up approach is needed to deal with the difficulties surrounding capacity issues in Northern Ireland was the central message of a unique conference taking place in Belfast this week.
The Elder Law Conference organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland in association with Age NI and Step NI provided a platform for Medico-Legal Professionals to come together to share current thinking around capacity issues, to discuss the challenges and problems which lie ahead and to identify areas of commonality and approach.
Over 140 doctors, health care, and legal professionals were in attendance at the conference which included presentations and contributions from key note speakers including:
· Linda Johnston, Elder Law Solicitor and member of the Elder Law Group in Northern Ireland
· Dr. Julian Sheather (Ph.D.), Specialist adviser, Ethics and human rights Policy Directorate, BMA
· Dr Barbara English, Consultant Psychiatrist
· Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People
· Ian Huddleston, President, Law Society of Northern Ireland
Commenting on the conference the President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland said:
“The Elder Law Conference is timely given the considerable issues which exist around, capacity issues, mental health provision and the need for a greater joined-up approach.
The importance of this conference is reflected in the senior medical and legal professionals attending all of whom remain committed to developing a joined-up approach to respond to capacity issues in Northern Ireland”.
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