Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - 9:30-16:30

Southwark Employees Price: £0 Associates Price: £0

Who is it for?

This course is for staff in Adult Social Care.

What does it cover?

This course covers...

• Why did we need the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards? What led to it and what positive impact has it had?
• Application to practice: looking at the principles and other key sections of the Act and how they have been implemented in Southwark.
• Explore how to safeguard adults whose capacity is questionable or variable.
• Clarify how to assess capacity and the complexity of fluctuating capacity
• What is going well and what’s difficult? 10 years from implementation of the original Act, what still presents challenges to practitioners? What are the tensions and how can they be managed?
• How does the act support people planning for a future loss of capacity?
• Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Orders of the Court of Protection to Deprive People of their Liberty, (OCPDPL) exploring the current landscape.
• Understanding the background to DOLS, OCPDPL and the interface of these safeguards with the Mental Capacity Act.
• Increase confidence, in light of case law, in identifying where a deprivation of liberty may be occurring (acid test) and the process for making a DOLS application.
• Awareness of the importance of good care planning and how this can prevent an unnecessary Deprivation of Liberty occurring.
• How to access further information about the MCA and DOLS.

What are the course outcomes?

Participants will be able to...


• Understand the importance of the MCA and its authority.
• Evidence confident understanding of all key aspects of the Act, the relevance to their role and how they work in practice in Southwark.
• Understand how to competently assess capacity under the MCA including when adults have fluctuating capacity and/or refuse to engage.
• Understand when authorisation for a Deprivation of Liberty is needed and how to do this.  

Book dates available for this course

26 Jan 09:30 Room 401, 132 Queens Road, London, SE15 2HP 9 Spaces Left 07 Feb 09:30 Conference Room G06 (OD) Ground Floor 160 Tooley Street London SE1 2QH 13 Spaces Left

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