Mental Capacity Act Awareness (half day)

Date & Time:

Tuesday 18 June 2019 (9:30 - 12:30)

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Sutton Civic Offices, G2, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA


Target Group

Staff Groups A, B, C, D, and E as per the National Mental Capacity Act Competency Framework.  NHS Intercollegiate Level 2 and above.

Course Overview

This session aims to give participants an overall understanding of how the Mental Capacity Act applies to their day-to-day work settings.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Be able to explain why and how the Act was introduced
  • Have memorised the 5 principles of the Act’s Code of Practice
  • Be able to define what the Act means by “capacity”, and understand how to assess whether someone does or does not have capacity
  • Know that the Act has introduced a new criminal offence of “ill-treatment or wilful neglect”
  • Know how the Act protects health and social care workers from being prosecuted, and service users from being abused
  • Be able to describe the purpose of an Advance Decision
  • Be able to explain the purpose of a Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Be able to list the functions and powers of the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Understand the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Have a grasp of how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 links to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
  • Understand the importance of record keeping to support all decisions
  • Have explored some case law examples that have been heard in the Court of Protection
  • Be able to apply all of their knowledge to everyday situations that they may face at work

Additional Notes/ Special instructions

To have completed the Mental Capacity Act E-Learning through Virtual College

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Further Information:


St Thomas Training

Venue Details:

Sutton Civic Offices, G2, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

(020 8770 5000)