The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DOLS)


  • The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and  DOLS Course is to increase the theoretical knowledge of healthcare professionals on the up to date legal framework, code of practice and human rights that covers the patients’ capacity to make decisions, protection of their cognitive decision making process, and understanding the principles of proper care towards these vulnerable patients. 
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom applying to England and Wales. Its primary purpose is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for themselves

Course Content:

  • Legislations and National Guidelines
  • Professional Code of Conduct
  • Professional Roles Responsibilities
  • Background and Summary of MCA 2005
  • Core Principles of MCA
  • Lack of Capacity and Best Interest
  • Person Centred Care
  • Equality and Diversity Act (2010)
  • The Human Rights Act
  • Key role of the MCA 2005
  • Mental Capacity Code of Practice
  • Shared Understanding : The 5 Statutory Principles
  • Mental Capacity Assessment
  • Understanding Lack of Capacity and Best Interest Decision
  • Implications for GP’s in Capacity Assessments and Clinical Decision Making
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs)
  • The Duty To Act In The “Best Interests”
  • Acts in Connection with Care or Treatment
  • Substituted Decision making
  • Lasting powers of attorney
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Advance directives
  • The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 & Restraint
  • Background to Deprivation of Liberty and Law
  • DOLS Assessment and Code of Practice
  • Authorisation of Deprivation of Liberty: Rules
  • Acts in Connection with Care or Treatment
  • Limitations on Restraints
  • Payment for necessary good and services
  • Expenditure Pledge of person’s expenditure
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Court of protection
  • Court of Protection Involvement
  • Advance Decisions
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs)
  • Control & Restrain (C&R)
  • Application of MCA to Children and Young People
  • Reporting, Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Case Scenarios Review and Group Discussion
  • Knowledge Assessment (3 hours practical skills)

Fee: £120
Duration: 0930-1730
Includes Tea and Coffee


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Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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