DRILL Northern Ireland

 

2nd new research project funded by DRILL in Northern Ireland led by disabled people:  May 2017

 

Praxis Care, Queens University Belfast and Mencap are the latest to receive funding as part of a previously funded £5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people.

 

The Supported Decision Making Project, which is receiving £90,000, will explore solutions that empower disabled people to directly influence decisions about daily life to major life decisions.  The project will be led by disabled people, who will be working alongside academics and policy makers.
Alan Sheeran, Chair of the National Advisory Group, which advises on DRILL projects in Northern Ireland said:
“This project is very timely as Northern Ireland is implementing the Mental Capacity Act and the research will be key in informing the policy and practice of supported decision making, not just here but internationally.”
Paul Webb from Praxis Care said:  “We’re so pleased to be carrying out this very important area of work, the fact that this will be led by disabled people, who are directly impacted by this legislation is the most important factor of the project.”
Project Summary
Supported decision making is a project researching the experiences of disabled people with mental health and learning difficulties, of decision making processes.
The project partners are PRAXIS Care, Queen’s University Belfast, Mencap and an international advisory group. The coproduced research is of immediate and direct relevance to the Code of Practice and implementation of the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016. The Act is world leading, and when implemented, will have relevance across the UK and internationally.
Supported decision making will:
• look for solutions that empower disabled people to directly influence decisions about daily life to major life decisions
• use the coproduced solutions to directly inform the Codes of Practice that define how the support principle of the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 will be implemented in practice

 

Supported decision making is a 1 year project and receiving £90,708.00 of DRILL funding.

 

Northern Ireland DRILL National Advisory Group (May 2017)

 

Within DRILL disabled people make the decisions.  Each country has a National Advisory Group, including disabled people, academics and policy makers, who provide advice, scrutinise research proposals, make recommendations and help promote and disseminate the findings.

Our National Advisory Group members are a group of individuals who bring to DRILL a wealth of experience and knowledge.  Collectively they will provide a wealth of guidance and inspiration.  They are:

  1. Dr Nicholas Acheson: Visiting Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
  2. June Best: Activist, Disabled People’s Voices
  3. Declan Campbell:  Barnardos volunteer
  4. Gavin Davidson: Senior Lecturer in Social Work, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast
  5. Dr Berni Kelly: Senior Lecturer in Social Work, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast
  6. Ursula Marshall: Activist, Cookstown Disability Forum
  7. Heather Matthews: Activist, REAL Network
  8. Majella McAteer: Business Development Manager, British Deaf Association
  9. Professor Roy McConkey: Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Ulster Universit
  10. Tony O’Reilly: Activist, North West Forum of People with Disabilities – Co-chair of the Northern Ireland NAG
  11. Michael Potter: Researcher, Northern Ireland Assembly
  12. Thomas Quigley:  Jordanstown School
  13. Alan Sheeran: Consultant (Disability and Children’s issues) – Chair of the Northern Ireland NAG
  14. Monica Wilson: Activist

 

Our contact details

Disability Action is the lead partner and will deliver the DRILL Programme across Northern Ireland.  Please contact Fiona if you would like to know more:

Disability Action

Fiona McMahon:  DRILL Programme Officer

Disability Action

Portside Business Park

189 Airport Road West,

Belfast,

BT3 9ED

Email:  [email protected]

Telephone: 028 9029 7880

Textphone: 028 9029 7882

Web: www.disabilityaction.org

 

 

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