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Autumn Webinar Series 2020

The National office for Human Rights and Equality Policy in the National Quality Improvement Team was established to support health and social care services to prepare for the commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and to oversee the revision and implementation and the HSE National Consent Policy. It also manages a number of other equality and human rights issues including oversight of guidance on Do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR), issues pertaining to universal access to health and social care services, access of transgender and intersex people to mainstream healthcare and the co-ordination of guidance on wardship.

The 2020 autumn webinar series will focus on Consent and Assisted Decision Making. Sessions will examine what is valid and informed consent, provide detailed guidance on supported decision making, will explore the application of consent in pregnancy and maternity services and will consider the role of advocacy in supporting decision making.

The webinars are aimed at healthcare workers, staff working in acute hospitals, staff working in residential services including older people, people with disabilities, community hospitals and mental health services, National Ambulance Service staff, staff working in General Practice, staff working in people's homes, advocates, families and NGO's. 

Week 1 - Why Consent Matters?

Thursday 17th September 2020 11am - 1230pm

This webinar will examine what is valid and informed consent, the consequences of invalid and uninformed consent, reflections on good practice from children's services and recent survey results of consent experiences of people using health services.  

Chaired by: Professor Mary Donnelly, Vice- Dean of School of Law, UCC and Co-Chair of the HSE National Consent Policy.

Presentation by: Prof.  Shaun O'Keeffe, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician and Co-Chair of the HSE National Consent Policy.

Contributors will include Ms Anne Duffy, Senior Clinical Risk Manager, State Claims Agency; Dr. Barry Lyons, Consultant Anaesthetist, CHI at Crumlin and Ms. Elaine McCaughley, Training and Education Co-ordinator, HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy.

Week 2 - The role of advocacy in supporting decision-making, particularly during COVID-19

Thursday 8th October 2020, 11am-1230pm

Chaired by: Professor Mary Donnelly, Vice-Dean of School of Law, UCC and Co-Chair of the HSE National Consent Policy 

Presentation by: Joanne Condon, Southern Regional Manager, National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

Contributors will include Helen Rochford Brennan, Chair European Dementia Working Group; Eileen O'Callaghan, Regional Manager South, Sage Advocacy, and Barbara Brennan, National Stigma Reduction Programme Co-ordinator, See Change

Please click here for Joanne Condon's presentation

Please click here for Eileen O'Callaghan's presentation

Week 3 - Consent and its application in pregnancy and maternity care

Thursday 22nd October 2020, 11am - 1230pm

Chaired by: Professor Mary Donnelly, Vice-Dean of School of Law, UCC and Co-Chair of the HSE National Consent Policy 

Presentation by: Dr Rhona O’Mahony, Consultant Obstetrician, National Maternity Hospital

Contributors will include Ms Grainne Milne, Director of Midwifrey, Louth Hospitals; Ms Wini Ryan, HSE HR Leadership and Talent Development; Ms Elaine McCaughley, Training and Education Co-ordinator, HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy; and Dr. Joan McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Healthcare Ethics, UCC

To listen to the interviews from Elaine's presentation, please click here

Please click here for Grainne Milne's presentation

Please click here for Wini Ryan's presentation

Please click here for Joan McCarthy's presentation

Week 4 - Tools to support decision making

Thursday 5th November 2020, 11am - 1230pm

Chaired by: Professor Mary Donnelly, Vice-Dean of School of Law, UCC and Co-Chair of the HSE National Consent Policy 

Presentation by: Caroline Howorth, Speech and Language Therapy Manager, St. Michaels House

Contributors will include Professor Mary McCarron, Professor of Aging and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin; Ms Joanne Condon, Southern Regional Manager, National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities; and Mr. Seamus Moran, Principle Social Worker, Mayo General Hospital 

Please click here to register for the webinar.