Research Associate and Research Assistant
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Marcus is a Research Associate working in two of the schools centres – Norah Fry Research Centre and the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.
He is currently working on two projects, both funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care. The first, Mental Capacity and Direct Payments, is a collaborative study between the Norah Fry Research Centre and the Mental Health Foundation and is funded from April 2011 – March 2013.
In addition, since October 2011 Marcus has been working in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research on a study examining the implementation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).
Marcus originally joined the Norah Fry Research Centre in 2006 as a full-time PhD student. He completed his thesis, titled: Who decides? Decision making with people with learning disabilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, a collaborative partnership with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities in 2011.
Prior to starting at Norah Fry Marcus completed his MSc at a supported housing service for people who experience mental health problems and substance misuse issues. He has previously worked on research projects at the University of Bristol and RNIB.
My recent work has focused on the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act. I am particularly interested in how the principles of the Act are being translated into practice. I have a methodological interest in the application of Conversation Analysis, particularly in everyday encounters. My doctorate connected these two areas of interest.
Mental Capacity and Direct payments: How effectively does the direct payments system work for people who lack the mental capacity to consent? (funder: NIHR School for Social Care Research 2011 – 2013)
Liberty, Equality, Capacity: The impact of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) on human rights and social care practice (funder: NIHR School for Social Care Research) See: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/research/projects/current/rk7148/
Best Interests Decisions Study (BIDS) – A national study of the application of the best interests principle of the Mental Capacity Act. See: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2012/8231.html
Who Decides? Decision making with people with learning disabilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
‘Listen to What I Want’ The potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) on major life decisions by people with learning disabilities