Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Duration 1 day
This course will give delegates an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and introduce them to some of its key components. This course is designed to enable delegates to assess capacity and act in accordance with best practice when an individual lacks capacity. It will also inform and discuss the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) that were subsequently introduced into the MCA.
- Context and background of the MCA
- Defining and assessing capacity and consent within the terms of the Act
- The importance of a person-centred approach to assessment
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with specific regard to:
o Their management
o The 6-stage assessment
o The roles and responsibilities within the proposals
o The authorisation process
o The monitoring of implementation of roles and responsibilities
o The legal system
- IMCAs: personal support and advocacy for people lacking capacity
- Recording decisions made within the guidelines of the Act
- Enabling individual choice: advance decisions and directives
- Looking to the future: using MCA to promote choice and independence
Methods of Delivery
The trainer will use PowerPoint presentation and flip chart work to accompany comprehensive handouts and reference material. Delegates will be encouraged to participate in open forum discussion as well as group and sub-group work.
- Course Content
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- To gain an overview of the MCA and DoLS and their relationship
- To be equipped with the knowledge to work within the framework of the MCA
- To understand the MCA's key principles
- To understand what is meant by capacity and consent
- To understand the test of capacity as defined by the MCA
- To appreciate the implications of DoLS for practice
§ To have an understanding of assessment, authorisation and legal procedures and mechanisms involved in DoLS
Anyone who works to support those whose decision-making abilities may be affected by conditions like dementia, learning disabilities, head injuries, stroke or severe mental health problems.
Delegates should consider which aspects of their role may be affected by the MCA, and consequently what specific points they would like covered on the course.
The delegates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.
Mental Health Legislation & Policies