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Mental Capacity Act (2005) - Awareness Level
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>>AIM
This course is designed to provide participants with a background and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), why it has been introduced in England and Wales and who it affects.

>>OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by the term "Mental Capacity"
  • Describe the Mental Capacity Act principles
  • Know when mental capacity should be assessed, by whom and how
  • State what is meant by the term "best interests"
  • Describe how the Act supports a person in planning ahead if they believe they might lack capacity in the future
  • Discuss the legal implications of providing care or treatment to people who lack capacity
  • Explain the criminal offence of ill treatment or wilful neglect
  • State how the Act impacts on issues of confidentiality and record keeping

>>DURATION
One day.

>>PARTICIPANT NUMBERS
This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

>>DESIGNED FOR
Staff who support or care for adults and young people who are aged 16 years or older.

>>CONTENT
The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination.

  • The importance of working in partnership with people as unique individuals
  • Valuing the person and treating them with dignity and respect
  • Positive risk management
  • The legal implications of providing support, care or treatment to people who lack capacity
  • How the Act is supported by the Code of Practice, Court of Protection and Public Guardian
  • Interrelation between the Mental Health Acts (1983, 2007) and the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • The role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Recording/reporting
  • Practical application of 5 principles of Mental Capacity Act
  • The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (2007)
  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Whistleblowing
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Mental Capacity Act (2005)