​​​​​​​The Mental Capacity Act and understanding the Liberty Protection Safeguards

We already have considerable information on the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) to help raise your awareness of the MCA and its relevance to housing. This can be found on our dedicated webpage.

To further improve your understanding of the MCA and the gain an understanding of the forthcoming new Liberty Protection Safeguards legislation, this one day training course offers an extremely inter-active programme, covering all that you need to know in respect of working with people who might, at some time in their lives, lack capacity.

Please note, following government guidance on social distancing, we are currently exploring how to offer training services remotely.

Who should attend:

The course has been designed for operational and senior staff working in a supported housing, retirement, extra care housing and/or care or support setting.

Course aims:

The 3 key aims are very simple - that you:

  • Will leave this training knowing more about this area of British mental health law;

  • Should feel more confident in working within the MCA, and

  • Will gain insight into the Liberty Protection Safeguards legislation the forthcoming new legislation

Learning outcomes:                                                                                                          

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Know why we need a Mental Capacity Act

  • Know to whom the MCA might apply

  • Understand who can assess capacity

  • Know how to assess capacity; the difference between “formal” and “informal” assessment; and the importance of the Five Statutory Principles

  • Understand the importance of Best Interest

  • Understand the difference between the MCA and the Mental Health Act

  • Understand how Advance Decisions and Lasting Power of Attorney apply when working with the MCA

  • Have knowledge of the House of Lords review of the MCA

  • Understand the role of the IMCA and the Court of Protection

  • Prepare yourself for the forthcoming Liberty Protection Safeguards legislation

  • Understand the links between the MCA and the safeguarding framework

  • Have looked at and discussed several scenarios and case studies involving the Mental Capacity Act  

If you would like to learn more about this one day course or would like us to come to you to train your organisation or groups of your housing, care and/or support staff on the MCA and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, please email us at training@housinglin.org.uk