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Mental Capacity Act

Our Mental Capacity Act programme will enable organisations to deliver high quality training to staff on this crucial aspect of health and social care provision.

The programme is designed to provide participants with a sound overview of mental capacity legislation and the skills to be able to assess an individual’s mental capacity and, where a person lacks capacity to make a specific decision, to be able to make a best interests decision on their behalf.

It also gives an overview of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and their application in care homes and hospitals. This will be crucial information for staff in those settings and for community staff who may be visiting formal care settings and who will have a positive obligation to protect the rights of their service users.

What’s included in the programme?

By purchasing a license to deliver the programme you will receive a learning and development toolkit that includes a facilitator’s guide and presentations for long and short versions of the workshop. After the workshop, your staff will be able to access a bitesize e-learning package to refresh and consolidate their knowledge.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the function of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA)
  • Realise the importance of the five principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Explain how an assessment of a person’s mental capacity is made regarding a specific decision
  • Ascertain how care planning can be used to make a decision in someone’s best interests
  • Explain the roles of a Lasting Power of Attorney, Court Appointed Deputy, and Advance Decisions
  • Understand and explain the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) and the circumstances under which an IMCA should be appointed
  • Understand the circumstances where restraint may be used under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Explain the MCA Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2007 and be able to identify a deprivation of liberty

Who can purchase a licence?

The training programme is licensed by the National Skills Academy for Health and available exclusively through our Excellence Centres and delivery partners. Licences will only be awarded to organisations that are Quality Mark assured and who have demonstrated their commitment to quality and meeting the needs of the healthcare sector.

Benefits of purchasing a licence

By purchasing a licence to deliver the Advanced Care Planning workshop, organisations can access a range of benefits including:

  • The confidence that you are using a package of quality assured training resources, prepared and tested by healthcare sector training experts
  • National marketing and promotion by the Academy, directing enquiries exclusively to licence holders
  • An easy mechanism for managing sales and recruiting learners to your courses via the Academy supported Skills Platform
  • The knowledge that your training is always up-to-date. If any aspects of the workshop change during the period of the licence, we will provide you with updated course materials

From a facilitator’s perspective, the programme contains many useful teaching resources and helpful tips for effective programme delivery. It also provides the opportunity for the facilitator to further develop their facilitation skills and incorporate a range of different learning approaches to ensure their training programmes are fully inclusive and meet differing learner needs.