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Thu 15 Apr

Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

10.00am - 12.00


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The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed into law on the 30th December 2015 but has not yet been commenced. This Act applies to everyone and is relevant to all health and social care services. The Act is about supporting decision-making and maximising a person’s capacity to make decisions.

This webinar will provide attendees with information on the Act itself as well as updates on the commencement and implementation of the Act. 

Go to to view HSE explainer videos about the Act. 

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10.00    Welcome from Clíona Murphy (IASW)

10.05    The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015: An Overview (Jacqueline Grogan)  

10.35    The HSE National Consent Policy (Marie Tighe) 

11.05    Place of Care Decisions & Protection of Liberty Safeguards (Patricia Rickard-Clarke)

11.15    Implications of the Act for Social Work: Reflections from Practice in an Acute Hospital (Amanda Casey)

11.30    Panel Discussion and Response to Q&A



Speaker Biographies

Jacqueline Grogan is Project Manager in the National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy. She is responsible for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, Wardship, Public Sector Duty, Transgender and Intersex issues, and Universal Access. Prior to joining the HSE in 2016, she worked in disability services both in Scotland and Ireland, including Sense Scotland, Momentum Scotland, the Rehab Group, Headway Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland, in the areas of service delivery, research, communications, governance and service development. She holds an honours degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Social Research, a Certificate in Public Relations, and is a PRINCE II Practitioner. She is currently undertaking a Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality.

Jacqueline strongly advocates for the right for everyone to be supported to make decisions about their care and treatment choices and the need for services and organisations to listen to and learn from the experiences of people who use our services, their families and their advocates.


Marie Tighe is Project Manager in the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy. Her areas of responsibility include the revision and oversight of the HSE National Consent Policy, the Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Policy, Advance Care Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives.


Amanda Casey graduated from TCD School of Social Work in 1996 and has worked in the Acute Hospital setting since 1999. Clinically Amanda has had a wide breadth of experience in Medical Social Work, including Orthopaedics, Infectious Diseases, Heart and Lung Transplant and Bereavement during her career in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital.  Amanda has been the Head Medical Social Worker there since 2014 and has been involved at strategic level in the development of hospital wide services for Acute Medicine, Inclusion Health, Frailty and Home First initiatives.  She has a strong interest in ensuring the voice of Older Persons is heard both in the healthcare setting and at wider policy level.  She has been an active member of the IASW and is involved in both the National Head Medical Social Workers Forum and the Adult Safeguarding and Protection Associate Group.  Amanda has recently joined the National Safeguarding Advisory Committee as IASW representative and has also represented the Association of the National Psychosocial Response to Covid Expert Advisory Group.

Amanda recognises the key role the social workers will have in the implementation of the ADM Act.  Our rights based approach, supported by our Code of Ethics and Conduct fits well with the guiding principles of the Act and our systemic approach to assessment and support lends itself well to ensuring that all service users are enabled and supported to make decisions regarding their care.  Our advocacy training will be vital in the coming years to support adults whose voices are not always heard, either by virtue of their environment or their perceived vulnerability.


Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. She is the Chair of Safeguarding Ireland clg and Deputy Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg. She was a member of the MultiDisciplinary Group appointed by the Minister for Health to draft a code of practice on Advance Healthcare Directives and was a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group that developed the non-healthcare codes for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. She has contributed to a number of publications on topics related to decision-making capacity, the latest being Changing Horizons in the 21st Century – Perspectives on Ageing published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2020.