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This training course is broken down into 5 sections
- 1 The Mental Capacity Act 2005
- 2 The Five Principles of the Mental Capacity Act
- 3 Helping People Make Decisions
- 4 Capacity Assessment
- 5 Disagreements and Complaints
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 questionnaires 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.
135 real user reviews
The course was very informative
It was very informative and a lot of the information was new to me.
Excellent Course, good links to more det
A must for everyone involved in supporting vulnerable people.
Clear and easy to use. I would recommend using the transcript as the audio drops quite frequently missing key words out
Informative and interesting
I enjoyed the short course, it summarised the key points to what is a very complex subject.
It's really useful
This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars
This very important issue clarified.
I think that understanding mental capacity is a very important part of what we do and that constant refresher courses are vital. Judging mental capacity and helping the people we support to make decisions is a difficult task and we need to be confident that we are basing our decisions on the major principles and in the supportive ethos of the NAS. This training is important in guiding our actions and also in helping us to ensure that our choices are backed up with the appropriate paperwork. Another positive aspect to the training is that by understanding good practice, we may feel more confident in challenging a situation where we may feel that a person is not at the centre of decisions made for them.
Very easy to understand
This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars
Good information delivered in a professional and easy to understand format.
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.