Best practice for Best Interest meetings and decisions (2 half days)

Date & Time:

Tuesday 2 February 2021 (13:30 - 16:30)
Tuesday 9 February 2021 (13:30 - 16:30)

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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.

Delegates must have  completed the advanced level of  Mental Capacity Act training  and have   a thorough understanding  and working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act

Course overview:

This 2 half days virtual 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. 

Please note attendance is requires to both sessions.

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

 Special Notes:

  • The Zoom link to access the session will be provided one or two days prior to the event.
  • Please note that Zoom does not work with Internet Explorer or Safari and there will be issues with sound or video. An up-to-date browser such as Google Chrome or if you have a windows-based laptop, you can find Microsoft Edge by typing it into the search in the start bar.   All LBS staff are set up with compatible Google Chrome laptops.  


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