Research Papers 2015

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety research papers published during 2015.

Mental Capacity Bill: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

- Date: 22/09/2015

This briefing paper examines the definition of ‘deprivation of liberty’ and how it is being shaped by case law; looks at the operation of deprivation of liberty safeguards within the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in England and Wales and some difficulties that have been encountered; and summarises the proposals in the draft Mental Capacity Bill dealing with deprivation of liberty safeguards and how they might operate in practice.

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Mental Capacity Bill: Training Costs (Paper 2 of 5)

- Date: 21/09/2015

On 8 June 2015 the Mental Capacity Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Assembly. To facilitate Assembly consideration of the costs arising from the Bill, this Briefing Paper is the second in a five-part series produced by RaISe’s Public Finance Scrutiny Unit (PFSU). The Paper examines the costs that the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have estimated for staff training relating to the Bill.

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Mental Capacity Bill: Assessing the Costs (Paper 1 of 5)

- Date: 21/09/2015

On 8 June 2015 the Mental Capacity Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Assembly. To facilitate Assembly consideration of the costs arising from the Bill, this Briefing Paper is the first in a five-part series produced by RaISe’s Public Finance Scrutiny Unit (PFSU). The Paper provides a framework to orientate financial scrutiny of the Bill.

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Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Bill

- Date: 17/09/2015

This paper examines the key provisions of the Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Bill proposed by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland, and considers some differences between the proposed Bill and the legislation in England and Wales.

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Draft Mental Capacity Bill: Principles Framework

- Date: 04/06/2015

In anticipation of the introduction to the Assembly of a Mental Capacity Bill, this paper provides background to the development of the core principles framework which underpin the legislative provisions contained within the draft Bill which was published for consultation in 2014. The paper includes an overview of the range of consultation responses which addressed the principles framework contained in Part 1 of the draft Bill.

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Primary Care Prescribing

- Date: 22/05/2015

This briefing paper looks at selected aspects of primary care prescribing in Northern Ireland (NI) including: How the prescribing process operates; Overall prescribing patterns; Prescribing of generic drugs – potential savings; The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Report on Primary Care Prescribing (March 2015); and Examples are also included of some European and international models in terms of prescription charging policies, particularly focusing on models with a means-tested element.

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Transforming Your Care (TYC) Workforce Planning 2 – Trends in HSC Staff Numbers

- Date: 23/02/2015

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