Event Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Location: 2-3pm On Computer and Phone
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) delivered a joint webinar.
Following on from the first RCSLT/NDAA joint webinar, where the pivotal role that speech and language therapists (SLTs) play in the dementia care pathway was discussed, this webinar specifically focussed on the role SLTs play in determining a person’s mental capacity (their ability to make decisions) and supported decision-making.
Speech and language therapists protect and promote the interests of people with communication needs by supporting them to demonstrate whether or not they have decision-making capacity. They promote inclusion, dignity, choice, and equality of access to services. They also reduce the potential risk of people with communication needs being wrongly deemed as lacking capacity and, in some extreme cases, being deprived of their liberty (having decisions about their care or treatment made on their behalf in hospitals, care homes and other settings) unnecessarily because their individual needs have not been properly assessed and supported.