Best practice for Best Interest meetings and decisions
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This course is targeted to 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.
This course aims to:
- Provide participants the skills necessary to plan, participate in and/or chair Best Interests Meetings, in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- Help professionals improve their understanding about 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.
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
- Please note: attendance to both half days is required.
- 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.