This is a two-and-a-half hour course to gain awareness of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards at the introductory level. The course will seek to explain the following:

  • The five principles of the MCA – how these must be adhered to whenever working with patients.
  • Two-stage capacity assessments – the links between subjective assessment and objective measures.
  • Best-interests decisions – how these can be arrived at and their value in the context of human rights.
  • Restrictions and Restraints – types, recognition of, recording/reporting of , necessity of, timescales of, proportionality of.
  • Deprivation of Liberty – the current practices and procedures. Also, changes likely going forward.
  • Planning for the future – plans that are available for everyone to ensure future wishes are followed should we lack capacity.

All of these areas will focus specifically upon those in community settings, covering a spectrum of those with care and support needs.