Health & Social Care
Mental Capacity Act (2005) - Awareness Level

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.

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

One day.

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

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

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.

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Mental Capacity Act (2005)