DipHE Adult Nursing (Manchester Metropolitan University), LLB (University of Salford)
I joined York Law School in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Wellcome Trust funded Mental Health and Justice project.
I first became interested in mental capacity law when working as a nurse on a neurological rehabilitation ward. Once qualified, I worked as a staff nurse on a High Dependency Unit, where I found that mental capacity issues often raised a complicated mixture of practical, legal, and philosophical problems. In time, this led to me studying an LLB, and then to legal research. I still specialise broadly around the area of mental capacity law.
My work on the project is about the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for domestic law. The Convention requires that the law moves towards ‘supported decision-making’, in which people with mental disabilities are helped to make decisions instead of other people making decisions for them. My work asks what this requires from the domestic legal system.