Best practice for Best Interest meetings and decisions - Virtual

Date & Time:

Wednesday 2 September 2020 (09:30 - 12:30)

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Target Group:

Professional experienced adult social care staff who plan, participate and/or chair Best Interest Meetings, and already have an in-depth understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (the basics of the Act or the Code of Practice will not be covered).

Staff Groups B, C and D as per Bournemouth University national Competency framework for Safeguarding Adults. 

Level 3 staff and above (ref: NHS Intercollegiate document 2018  - Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies For Healthcare Staff): Registered health care staff working with adults who engage in assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of adults where there are safeguarding concerns (as appropriate to role); and other named and  designated professionals with specialist roles.

Course overview:

This training session aims to give participants the skills necessary to plan, participate in and/or chair Best Interests Meetings, in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

It will equip participants to understand what should be considered when making a best interest decision in line with recent case law and how to manage some of the dilemmas which present when doing so. 

Learning Objectives:

Following the completion of this course, participants will have: 

  • Improved their knowledge on how to make a Best Interests decision
  • Improved their understanding on when a Best Interests Meeting is, and is not, appropriate
  • Improved their understanding on who should attend Best Interests Meetings, and why
  • Gained Knowledge and skills on how to prepare effectively for a Best Interests Meeting
  • Gained skills and confidence on how to support other people, for example family members, who have to attend Best Interests Meetings
  • Gained confidence in identifying who is the best person to chair a Best Interests Meeting
  • Practised some of the skills which are needed to chair a Best Interests Meeting effectively
  • Practised some of the skills which are needed to resolve disputes between professionals, and/or between professionals and family members
  • Gained knowledge on how to ensure that records are robust and will stand up to scrutiny
  • Explored various Best Interests cases which have been considered by the Court of Protection, and learned the lessons from these


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David Thornicroft - St Thomas Training

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