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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 5 sections

  1. 1 The Mental Capacity Act 2005
  2. 2 The Five Principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  3. 3 Helping People Make Decisions
  4. 4 Capacity Assessment
  5. 5 Disagreements and Complaints
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Assessing Mental Capacity - The Mental Capacity Act

Mental capacity is the ability to understand and make a decision when it needs to be made. The Mental Capacity Act protects people who can't do this, those who can't make decisions for themselves. In this section, we look at The Mental Capacity Act, who it applies to and its relevance when assessing someone's mental capacity.

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The Mental Capacity Act is based on five key principles which protect people who may lack capacity. These principles ensure people are given the help they need to take part as much as possible in decisions that affect them. This section looks at these principles. Following them makes sure that the appropriate action is taken. 

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It's important to use a person-centred approach when there is a decision to be made. This section is about providing the right information and communicating it clearly. It's about supporting a person and giving them all the help you can to make a decision for themselves.

Assessing Mental Capacity - Capacity Assessment

You may have tried to help someone make a decision for themselves, but still be concerned that they are unable to do so. Before you make a decision for them you need proof that it's more likely than not that they lack the capacity to make the decision. This section explains the two-stage test you need to complete. It also looks at using restraint, emergency situations and court approval.

Assessing Mental Capacity - Section 5 of our course teaches you how to deal with disagreements and compaints

Sometimes a mental capacity assessment might be challenged. You then need to be able to provide objective reasons as to why you believe a person does or does not lack capacity. In this final section, we look at ways challenges can be resolved, making a complaint and dealing with a complaint made against you.

About this course

Assessing someone's mental capacity - their ability to make decisions for themselves - requires a clear set of guidelines and procedures. This training programme has been designed to guide you through this process.

The course looks at the Mental Capacity Act and the five key principles involved in assessing mental capacity. It explains how to help someone make decisions for themselves. It also takes you through the two-stage test involved in making a capacity assessment if you should need to do so. It looks at who may need help, how to help and the extra support you may need to do this.

A key part of this training is to emphasise the importance of keeping the person at the centre of the decision-making process and acting sensitively.

If you work in the Care sector, you may also be interested in our Deprivation of Liberty Training course. We also offer a selection of Safeguarding training courses.

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Assessing Mental Capacity Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Assessing Mental Capacity Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Assessing Mental Capacity certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Assessing Mental Capacity Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Assessing Mental Capacity Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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I feel as though this felt rushed, it was a lot to take in with all the information about the steps that needed taking rather than the part on how to do the two part test.

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Every employee needs to do this

A well set out course at a level you can understand

It’s informative and easily understood

The training is very clear, understandable and gives you a good understanding of MCA

Was so easy to understand the questions

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really interesting

Very interesting at how the system will get the correct help for the individual and help the family friends and specialists working with them .

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Familiarising yourself or your staff with The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is essential for anyone working in Care, Education, or any other profession in which it is likely that you may have to make judgements about the mental capacity of a person in your care.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over. 

If you can’t make decisions for yourself because you don’t have the mental capacity to make them, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 tells you what you can do to plan ahead, how you can ask someone else to make decisions for you and who can make decisions for you if you haven't planned ahead.

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