Meet the team

Mike Lyne

Senior Lecturer in mental health social work

I commenced my career as a nursing assistant before qualifying as a nurse in mental health. I worked in the NHS for 15 years before retraining as a social worker. I continue to maintain both registrations. Between my nursing and social work careers, I have worked with most client groups including older people, adults of working age, CAMHS and military families. I was an Approved Social Worker (ASW) and am currently qualified as a Best Interest Assessor under the MCA Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

I have been involved in professional education throughout my career and at BU I have taught a range of subjects including adult safeguarding. I currently teach on the MA (Advanced Mental Health Practice) and am Programme Leader for the MCA programme which leads to BIA qualification.

I am the Post Graduate Researcher Lead for the Department of Social Science and Social Work, providing departmental support to students undertaking research degrees and their supervisors.
I am co-creator of the BU educational resource, the mental capacity toolkit. This is a living resource under continual development which can be accessed on this website.

My research interests are in all aspects of mental capacity including advance care planning and end of life issues.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and running (not at the same time).

Research and Recent Publications
  • Lyne, M., Lee, S., Fenge, L., Rosenorn-Lanng, E., and Corbin-Clarke, S., 2023. Introducing the Mental Capacity Act Toolkit. Journal of General Practice Nursing.
    Lyne, M. and Parker, J., 2020. From ovid to COVID: the metamorphosis of advanced decisions to refuse treatment into a safeguarding issue. Journal of Adult Protection, 22 (6), 361-369.
  • Lee, S., Fenge, L.-A., Brown, K. and Lyne, M., 2020. Demystifying mental capacity A guide for health and social care professionals. Learning Matters.
  • Lyne, M., 2023. Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In: Lee, S. and Oliver, L., eds. Social work practice with adults: learning from lived experience. London: Learning Matters, 62-72.
  • Lyne, M., 2017. Mental capacity, safeguarding and considering best interests. In: Fenge, L., Lee, S. and Brown, K., eds. Safeguarding Adults; scamming and mental capacity. London: Sage/Learning Matters, 78-91.
  • Lyne, M., 2010. The Mental Capacity Act 2005. In: Brown, K., ed. Vulnerable Adults and Community care. Exeter: Learning Matters, 31-43.
    EPublications and guidence
  • Lyne, M., Brown, K. and Grimshaw, K., 2020. Advance care planning. BU NCPQSW. Available from:
  • Lyne, M., Grimshaw, K. and Brown, K., 2020. The Mental Capacity Act requirements for clinical decisions regarding treatment and care. NCPQSW BU. Available from:
  • Lyne, M., Grimshaw, K. and Brown, K., 2020. The Mental Capacity Act requirements when an individual lacks the mental capacity to consent to treatment and care. NCPQSW BU. Available from:
  • Lyne, M., Grimshaw, K. and Brown, K., 2020. Guidance on the use of the Mental Capacity Act for decisions regarding clinical treatment and care: An introduction. NCPQSW BU. Available from:
  • Brown, K., Bogg, D. and Lyne, M., 2016. Next of kin – how important is getting consent for treatment?. UK Home Care Association. Available from:

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