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Mental Capacity Act & DoLS

Mental Capacity Act & DoLS


This course is intended to introduce a range of practitioners in the Health & Social Care sector to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and a DoLS, and how this legislation applies in their work.

Aims & Objectives:

Aims & Objectives:

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:-:

  • To state the 5 Key Principles of the Act.
  • To understand how the Act links in with the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • To understand how the Act links in with POVA procedures.
  • To define "Best Interests" as referred to in the Act.
  • To define "Inability to Make Decisions" as referred to in the Act.
  • To understand "care or treatment".
  • To define the terms:-
    • Lasting Power of Attorney
    • Public Guardianship
    • Court of Protection/Court Appointed Deputies
  • To understand the role of the Independent Advocate.
  • To understand Advance Decision Making.
  • To appreciate the Code of Practice for the Mental Capacity Act
  • To discus the outcome of the Bournewood judgement and it's influence within the Act.
  • To develop a Mental Capacity Act 2005 Policy for their workplace.
  • To develop an action plan for compliance with The Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • To identify if they require Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) in their care setting.

Learning Outcomes:

To gain knowledge, link to experience and improve capability of delegates in respect of the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS legislation.

Course Outline:

  • What is mental capacity
  • Why the Act was introduced
  • 5 Key principles of the Act
  • Making Best Interest decisions
  • Assessing Mental Capacity
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Order

The course will be delivered in a fun interactive style utilising a mixture of presentation of knowledge with activities and exercises to relate theory to practice. The overall aim is to deliver outcome driven training that unlike most courses actually aims to improve performance. The course will involve delegates working through a number of typical scenarios where The Mental Capacity Act 2005 would apply. All delegates will receive a comprehensive set of course notes and a certificate confirming attendance to evidence their Continuing Professional Development.

Previous delegates have commented

"Very informative and delivered in an easy to understand manner"
"The tutor made a complicated subject easy to understand"


Intended For:

Anyone who works in a care setting including; residential care home, nursing home, domiciliary care agency, etc.

All delegates are asked to bring to the course is an open mind, a sense of fun and the willingness to open their minds to new ideas.