Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005

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, 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.

The 2 key aims are very simple - that you will leave this training knowing more about this area of British mental health law; and that you should feel more confident in working within the Mental Capacity Act.

The session will be run in a participative way, using your existing knowledge as a platform. Training methods will include paired work, small group work, a quiz, discovery, case studies, and a limited amount of lecturing. The building of a strong group will play a major part in the workshop atmosphere; current good practice will form a baseline for the day’s work, and will be regularly referred to.

By the end of the programme, 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 act
  • Have knowledge of the House of Lords review of the MCA
  • Understand the role of the IMCA and the Court of Protection
  • Understand the links between the MCA and the Safeguarding Agenda
  • Have looked at and discussed several scenarios and case studies involving the Mental Capacity Act  

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