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Introduction to The Mental Capacity Act

This half day course is for anybody working in social care or health who works with adults or young people aged 16 years and over.

This course is suitable for all workers who have little or no prior knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and is particularly suitable for staff who directly provide care in residential settings, day centres, or the person’s own home.

Everybody working in a paid capacity in health and social care has a duty to have regard to the Mental Capacity Act in their work.

It will seek to provide you with a practical introduction to the Mental Capacity Act and its application in your work.

This course also gives you a brief introduction to deprivation of liberty.
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the five principles of the Mental Capacity Act, to learn about the test for mental capacity, to find out who can make decisions if somebody lacks mental capacity, and to learn how a best interests decision can be made.

You will learn how to carry out and record a simple assessment of mental capacity, and how to make and record a simple best interests decision.

The course will give an introduction to ways people can plan ahead for a time when they may lose capacity to make certain decisions.
If you apply what you have learnt on this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate working with the 5 statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Complete a mental capacity assessment in relation to simple every day decisions.
  • Be able to make a best interests decision about simple every day decisions.
  • Explain the law at a basic level regarding situations that might involve restrictions and restraint.
  • Explain at a basic level your responsibilities in relation to deprivation of liberty.
  • No prior knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act is needed for this course.
    Care Management / Health Care / Mental Health Care / Safeguarding
    Adult Services / Care Homes / Children Services / Health Care / PVI Sector - Adults
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    Diane Ellis
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    SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueRoom NameMap
    Session 1Monday 15 June 202009:30 - 13:30Horsham - County Hall North/ParksideRoom 2 - Bodiam
    SessionSession Details
    Session 1
    Monday 15 June 2020

    09:30 - 13:30

    Horsham - County Hall North/Parkside

    Room 2 - Bodiam