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Introduction to Mental Capacity Law and Deprivation of Liberty City Health

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Course overview

This brand new Introductory Mental Capacity Act & DoLS training course is taught by an experienced mental capacity solicitor and trainer who is an Accredited Practitioner under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity Welfare Scheme. She has over 10 years’ experience acting for patients, relatives and statutory advocates and delivering practical training to professionals.

The programme will provide an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) for frontline staff in care, health and related services. The course will teach delegates what is meant by mental capacity and the five core principles of the Act.  It will include consideration of the MCA Code of Practice, key case law and statutory guidance relevant to the daily understanding of the principles underlying the Act.  This will be reinforced through the discussion of scenarios and practical exercises.

The course will also feature the overriding best interests’ principle, including discussion of the statutory components and the best interests’ framework under the MCA.

The training will be interactive with opportunities for delegates to discuss case-studies in small groups, feedback to the larger group and share their practical experiences of implementing the MCA.

The course is suitable for all levels of care staff and its focus will be upon equipping delegates to identify and understand the complexities of mental capacity law, with a view to enhancing service delivery to service users.

The course content will include the following:

  • Define and discuss what the term mental capacity means
  • Discuss  who is  affected by the Act
  • Discuss and evaluate the five core principles of the Act
  • Discuss how mental capacity is assessed
  • Discuss the role of the Court of Protection
  • Define the term Deprivation of Liberty
  • Discuss in detail the best interests principle and the range of  relevant statutory services
  • Discuss the assessment and authorisation process under Deprivation of Liberty

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will:

  1. Have an understanding of the legal principles underlying the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983.
  2. Have an understanding of key issues relevant to supporting patients and vulnerable individuals to live as autonomously as they can, including best interests,  the least restrictive options and the role of social care.
  3. Have an understanding of the Court of Protection’s jurisdiction in relation to health and welfare best interests cases and deprivation of liberty cases.
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