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Understanding the Mental Capacity Act

Duration: 1 Day(s)
CPD Hours: 8
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 16:30


The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was enacted to ensure that the capacity of adults is assessed consistently by all Healthcare professionals. Its approach is prescriptive but provides an appropriate platform for determining capacity regardless if you are a doctor, nurse or healthcare support worker. The legislation intended all who provide care to be in a position to assess capacity where there are concerns. The legislation also covers advanced directives, power of attorney as well deprivation of liberty safeguards. The 2005 Act establishes a statutory framework for determining a person’s capacity and introduces a checklist of factors that needs to be considered when determining if care and treatment is in a person’s best interests. As care givers, you will be required to abide by the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its code of practice in order to avoid liability in trespass when caring for an incapable person (Mental Capacity Act 2005, section 5).


"Thought provoking, interesting and valuable for practice!"

"Excellent day! Very informative and interactive. Good value."

"Excellent course, should be attended by all." 

Past course delegates


The course would covers the entirety of the legislation including case scenarios to take you from theory to practice:

  • Guiding principles
  • Capacity
  • Best interest
  • Restraint & Deprivation of liberty
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • Advance decision refusing treatment (ADRT)
  • Lasting power of attorney (LPA)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Court of Protection
  • Court Appointed Deputies (CAD)
  • Court of Protection Visitors
  • Public Guardian
  • Office of Public Guardian (OPG)
  • Wilful neglect & ill-treatment - Criminal offences
  • Research


To raise awareness of the legislation and how it applies in the clinical context

Delegates will be fully conversant with the legislation and have an understanding on how it applies in the daily clinical context.

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