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This Assessing Mental Capacity training course guides you through the process of assessing a person’s mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. It looks at the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the 5 key principles involved in assessing mental capacity. It also looks at capacity assessment examples and how to deal with disagreements and complaints.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand and work towards compliance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Learn about the 5 principles of the MCA
  • Understand why it is important to use a person centred approach and help someone to make a decision for themselves

SECTION 1

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.

SECTION 2

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. 

SECTION 3

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.

SECTION 4

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.

SECTION 5

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.

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