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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 Mental Health Issues
  2. 2 Care & Support
  3. 3 The Law
A photo of a patient and family member - Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care Training
Section 1 of our Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care Training

In this first section, we’ll look at a number of mental health issues, including mental illnesses, extreme states of mental ill-health, dementia, and learning disabilities. We’ll see what all these terms mean, their tell-tale signs and symptoms, what causes them, and what treatments or support is available.

A carer, patient and their family member

In the second section we’ll see what that kind of person-centred support looks like, including why you always need to assess and adapt the care you offer to suit your patient’s ever-changing needs, and why it’s so important to recognise and diagnose mental health issues, dementia, and learning disabilities as soon as possible.

Our presenter talking through the law around mental health and dementia

People with mental health issues, dementia, and learning disabilities are often more vulnerable to harm and abuse. In this final section of the course, we’ll take a look at how the law aims to protect vulnerable people, how it promotes their rights and ensures that their capacity to make decisions is never undermined.

About this course

Standard 9 of the Care Certificate demonstrates that although your job role may not directly require you to work with these individuals, it is important to have an awareness of learning disabilities, dementia and ill-mental health while working in Care.

Nearly two-thirds of people say that they have experienced a mental health problem. These can include; depression, anxiety, psychosis. As well as these, both dementia and learning disabilities are more prominent in care settings and Care Workers will require awareness training so that they are able to identify symptoms and signs of these problems and so that they are able to treat the individual in the correct way, and with compassion. 

Standard 9 of the Care Certificate - Mental Health, Dementia & Learning Disabilities - ensures that staff:

  • Understand the needs & experiences of people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia
  • Understand the need to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for individuals with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia
  • Understand the need to change care delivery relating to someone who may have a mental health issue, dementia or learning disabilities
  • Know the importance of early detection of dementia, mental health needs and learning disabilities
  • Understand legal frameworks, policy and guidelines relating to mental health needs, learning disabilities and dementia 
  • Understand mental capacity

For more information take look at our Mental Health and Wellbeing courses available. Mental Health Awareness is an essential piece of training for all staff and is just as important as physical health.

This course works alongside our 14 other awareness courses that make up the Care Certificate Standards

You can access our free worksheet that has been designed to accompany our online Mental Health, Dementia & Disabilities in Care Training course. In each section, there is a box for you to tick when you have watched the relevant slide in our course. You can also take notes that will help you during your practical assessment at work.

This course equips learners with the knowledge that's required to be put into practice in the workplace, whereby they can do the 'practical' part of their training, followed by having the Care Certificate supplied to them by their management as they meet the required standards. These courses provide part of training but practical training is still required to obtain the care certificate.

The importance of Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care 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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Your training certificate

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

This Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care Training course concludes with a 15 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 Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care 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.

Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care Certificate

52 real user reviews

4.9 out of 5
Helped understand

It can help you understand that different types of issues people have and help you understand them more


I found the course interesting. I learnt a lot of things which I didn't know before. It was all-round informative. Thank you.

Interesting course

I really enjoyed this course and found it of interesting facts, learnt so much from this.

Very comprehensive

Aimed mainly at those in the care field it gives a very good overview without being to deep or becoming confusing.

Explanatory and informative

Good general training.

Very good

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Very useful and simply presented

Would recommend to other people who working in Care Setting

I felt happy with my results

As a person with mental health, I felt that it was too long before the test maybe ask questions after each part

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.

Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities in Care is Standard 9 of the 15 standards that are in the Care Certificate. Those who have job roles in the health and social care sector are shown what is expected of them in the Care Certificate which is an agreed set of standards that employees need to pass. It forms part of an induction programme that should be covered if you are 'new to care'. 

The Care Certificate was developed by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. 

The Mental Capacity Act 2005

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

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

DoLS ensures people who cannot consent to their care arrangements in a care home or hospital are protected if those arrangements deprive them of their liberty.

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