Many care workers are still confused by the Mental Capacity Act. Some are even frightened of it. They believe that using the Act (and in particular assessing capacity) is complicated, requiring highly trained professionals. However this is not necessarily the case.
It’s true that the MCA covers a lot of ground but far from being complex it’s designed to make capacity and best interests decisions easier and to support workers in their dealings with mentally vulnerable people.
By constantly relating the MCA to practice and by relying upon straightforward illustrations, case studies, quizzes and discussion this course builds upon existing and familiar knowledge to create a ‘picture’ of capacity, self-determination, duty of care and above all ‘balance’ in the minds of the participants.
By the end of the course participants will not be experts in all the underlying legal concepts but they will have a real awareness of their responsibilities and the confidence to put that awareness into practice.
The course covers:
Background to the MCA & the Bournewood story
The five principles of the Mental Capacity Act
The right to self-determination versus the right to be
Who is ‘decision-maker’ & the role of the multi-disciplinary team
Assessing mental capacity
Understanding best interests
Least restrictive Interventions and what’s ‘reasonable’
Advance Decisions & Lasting Powers of Attorney
Independent Mental Capacity Advocates
Dealing with disagreements
Part 5 – ‘Protection from liability’
Implications for practice and the duty of care
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