Mental Capacity Act: learning lessons from Court of Protection Cases

Date & Time:

Thursday 9 September 2021 (13:30 - 16:30)
Friday 10 September 2021 (13:30 - 16:30)

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Target Group:

Adult Social Care staff within the London Borough of Sutton and Private, Independent and voluntary (PVI)  sector supporting Sutton residents in residential care, nursing care, home care, Personal Assistants, and supported living

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)

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

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 course participants will have: 

  • Enhanced their knowledge of the application of the Mental Capacity Act through exploring a range of cases which have been dealt with in the Court of Protection 
  • Analysed what the Court of Protection has said about various issues, including:
    • Best interests
    • Fluctuating capacity
    • Unwise decisions
    • The relevance of available resources to decision making
    • How much weight to give to the person’s own wishes and feelings, if these are not clear
    • Life sustaining treatment
    • Other serious medical treatment
    • Restricting contact with family
  • Had an opportunity to raise their own difficult cases (as appropriate) for discussion and guidance within the group. 

Special Instructions:

  • Please note: attendance to both half days is required.
  • Delegates must have previous knowledge and experience of the Mental Capacity Act before booking on to this course.
  • 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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