Monthly Archives: February 2014

Person with dementia fights for right to stay in their own home.

This story from the BBC news tells the story of a lady living with dementia who was “miserable” living in a care home. The judge in the Court of Protection has ruled she can return to her flat of 60 years for a one month trial period. Some older people we work with would also wish for this opportunity.  

We are Recruiting

The Advocacy Project has been delivering independent advocacy support to vulnerable people for over 21 years, providing a professional service across West Central Scotland. Due to increases in contractual services and internal development plans the organisation is undergoing a 15 month restructure period, during which it will review its existing operational structure to ensure it can effectively meet the needs of the services it provides going forward from 2015. It is looking to fill the following vacancies Operations Manager – Full time (£31,926) Based on a fixed term contract to April 2015. Secondment opportunities considered. To manage effective operational services across Glasgow, you will be responsible for the delivery of advocacy services contracted by GGCNHS & GCC. With a focus on quality you will be managing, leading and motivating a team of advocates, providing support, development and inspiration to ensure our services continue to achieve and improve their high standards. Service Lead Officer – Full time (£25,682) (2 posts) Based on fixed term contract to April 2015. Secondment opportunities considered. To lead on the development and implementation of systems and procedures in order to support and improve service quality. As part of the management team you will assist the Operations Continue Reading >

New Power of Attorney Leaflet

The Legal Services Agency launched a new Power of Attorney leaflet at an event that some of our staff attended on 29th January. You can view the leaflet here: At the event, The Mental Welfare Commission recommended that anyone looking for best practice in relation to P of A look at the case of Mr and Mrs D: The Mental Welfare Commission stressed the importance of getting clients to repeat back the information you’ve given them as one of the best tests of someone’s ability to understand the matter before them. They also highlight the fact that just because someone has a mental disorder does not mean that a decision made on emotional grounds should be automatically discounted. We can all make decisions based on emotional reasons. The Office of the Public Guardian then spoke about the concept of ‘understanding and acting’ and argued that this must include the ability to understand the consequences of your decisions.    

Information Commissioner’s Office visit

Last week we had a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office, and they gave us a presentation on data protection. This is a key issue for us, and everyone that attended found this session to be extremely useful. We learnt about 8 data protection principles, what it means to process data and common misconceptions of data protection! You can visit their website http://ico.org.uk/ to learn more, or ask them a question on twitter (@ICOnews)