Mental Capacity Act: learning lessons from Court of Protection Cases - 22/23

Date & Time:

Thursday 1 September 2022 (13:30 - 16:30)
Friday 2 September 2022 (13:30 - 16:30)




Target Group:

This course is targeted to adults social care staff and those in residential care, nursing care, home care and supported living settings, personal assistants and other frontline practitioners who have regular contact with service users/patients and their families or carers in the London Borough of Sutton.

Staff Groups B, C, D, and E as per the Bournemouth University National Mental Capacity Act Competency Framework. 

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

Please note this is a 2 half days course and both part 1 and part 2 must be attended.

Course Overview:

This course looks at a range of cases which have been considered by the Court of Protection, to see what lessons can be learnt for our everyday practice. It explains that Mental Capacity Act cases go to the Court of Protection either where there is conflict amongst the people involved, and/or where the issue is so serious or complicated that it cannot be resolved through meetings and negotiation. The rulings of the Court, and the reasons for those rulings, can be invaluable in helping health and social care practitioners deal with similar issues in their own practice. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be able to understand the themes emerging from SARs/SAPRs and what these mean for developing individual practice
  • Have analysed different sections of SARs/SAPRs with a view to considering the multi-agency context and the risks to the service user
  • Understand the concept of static and dynamic risks and the protective / mitigating factors within a person’s life and how to balance them
  • Have clarified best practice in information sharing and the multi-agency dynamics which can operate to as a barrier to gathering information
  • Know how to use supervision effectively to share and analyse risk
  • Understand the inter relationship between the Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding work and how the assumption of capacity and the concept of ‘lifestyle choice’ can detract from understanding the risk of harm
  • Know how the ‘Rule of Optimism’ can operate when there are serious risks to service users and understand how to recognise this

Appreciate the importance of ‘professional curiosity’ in all safeguarding work

Special Instructions:

  • Delegates must have previous knowledge and experience of the Mental Capacity Act before booking on to this course.


Booking has now closed for this event.

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