25th January 2005




The next Derek Crothall Memorial Lecture will take place at the University of Lincoln in Hull this week, delivered by a member of the Mental Health Act Commission.

David Hewitt will deliver a lecture entitled ‘An Inconvenient Mirror: Do We Already Have the Next Mental Health Act?’ on behalf of the university’s Hull School of Health & Social Care.


The Mental Health Act has changed a lot since it was introduced in 1983, although some of the most significant changes have occurred recently as the result of judgments in cases brought under the Human Rights Act. 


David will discuss the judgments that have transformed the 1983 Act and how they may resemble the Government’s proposals for a new Mental Health Act.


He will also ask whether there’s any need for the Government’s proposals, and whether there’s any point in opposing them, as well as question some widely held beliefs.


David is an active solicitor and a partner in the Hempsons Solicitors Group.  At one time or another he has acted for patients, their families and carers, for hospitals, clinicians and the NHS, and for a variety of regulatory agencies.


He has also been a member of the Mental Health Act Commission for nine years and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health.


The lecture will be held in the Saville Lecture Theatre of the Derek Crothall Building on George Street in Hull on Thursday 27th January, with registration and refreshments commencing at 5.30pm. The lecture will take place at 6pm, followed by wine and a buffet at 7.20pm.

Admission is free but registration is required to attend. To book a place or for more information contact Rebecca Platt on (01482) 311702
or email rplatt@lincoln.ac.uk.



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Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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