About this event

  • Date and time Tue 21 Jul 2020 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Intellectual Disability

Please note this event has changed format to a webinar.

Part 1 of the webinar is on Thursday 11 June at 3:30pm. Please book your place here.

Part 2 of the webinar is on Friday 12 June at 3:30pm. Please book your place here. 

This event will give you an overview of how the Mental Health Act in England & Wales currently defines mental disorders in relation to intellectual disabilities and autism, including the implications of proposed changes.

Co-presented with experts in this field, key speaker includes Vicki Malcolm, Occupational Therapise of Opening Doors, a user-led organisation run by people with learning difficulties for people with learning difficulties.

Join us for an insightful discussion on the current best practices and gain a better understanding of the topic from a regulatory body's perspective.

At the meeting attendees will:

  • Examine the implications of removing intellectual disability and autism from the Mental Health Act
  • Examine current evidence of treatment and rehabilitation in services for people with intellectual disability and autism who have offending behaviour
  • Explore service user perspectives on this issue

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Key speakers

Dr Keri-Michelle Lodge

Specialty Registrar in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and author of the British Journal of Psychiatry editorial on the need to remove intellectual disability from the remit of the Mental Health Act

Dr Regi Alexander

Associate Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Editor, Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability on the calculus of justice for people with developmental disabilities and offending behaviour

Dr John Devapriam

National Clinical Advisor on Learning Disability to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on how to get regulation right


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introductory comments

Dr Martin Bollard, President, Intellectual Disability Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Intellectual disability and autism in the Mental Health Act: The case to remove

Dr Keri-Michele Lodge, Intellectual Disability Psychiatry Consultant, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The calculus of justice: Treatment and rehabilitation for people with developmental disability and offending behaviour

Dr Regi Tharian Alexander, Associate Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Editor, Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability 

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Moving forward: From secure hospitals to the community

Ms Vicki Malcolm, Occupational Therapist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Opening Doors, Norwich

Adults with autism detained under the Mental Health Act: The MATCH study

Speaker TBC

Services for people with developmental disabilities detained under the Mental Health Act: Regulatory perspective

Dr John Devapriam, National Clinical Advisor, Learning Disability Care Quality Commission, Medical Director, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Closing comments

Dr Regi Tharian Alexander


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