Mental Capacity Act and DOLS2019-09-26T12:33:57+01:00

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Mental Capacity Act and DOLS

Course List

Mental Capacity Act and DOLS

Course List
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Level 2 & 3.

This course is CPD certified.

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Course Aims

This eLearning course aims to introduce you to the topic of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

The course begins by outlining the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), explaining the term ‘capacity’ and identifying who is affected by the legislation. The learner is then informed about the five statutory principles of the MCA before learning about good practice in supporting an individual to make decisions. In the next stage, the learner is supported to understand the two-stage test for assessing capacity and informed about who should be involved in the capacity assessment. The course then explains the role of the Mental Capacity Advocate, the Court of Protection and the Lasting Power of Attorney. In the final section, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) are outlined and examined, so that the learner understands the meaning of the term ‘deprivation of liberty’; the difference between restriction, restraint and deprivation of liberty; the purpose of the DOLS and how to make an application if an individual is being deprived of their liberty.


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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course learners should know and understand the following:

  • State what the Mental Capacity Act is and who is affected by it.

  • Recall the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act.

  • Know how to support individuals to make decisions.

  • Recall the 2 stage test for assessing capacity.

  • State the role of the Mental Capacity Advocate, the Court of Protection and Lasting Power of Attorney.

  • Explain the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Course Syllabus Includes

  • The MCA and Code of Practice

  • Mental capacity

  • ‘Poor’ decisions and mental capacity

  • Types of decisions

  • Who is affected

  • Making decisions

  • Five principles of the MCA

  • Supporting the individual to make decisions

  • Good communication

  • Assessing capacity – Stages 1,2 & 3

  • When to assess capacity

  • Who should be involved

  • Formal assessment of capacity

  • Making complex decisions

  • The court of protection

  • Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA)

  • Defining ‘Deprivation of Liberty’

  • Restriction and restraint

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)

  • HL vs United Kingdom

  • DOLS authorisation

  • Best Interests

  • No refusals criteria

  • Making a DOLS application

  • Court of Protection

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Are online courses accredited?2019-06-19T14:35:26+01:00

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How much do courses cost?2019-06-19T14:40:15+01:00

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How are courses going to be delivered?2019-06-19T14:40:04+01:00

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Are courses certified?2019-06-19T14:40:29+01:00

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How long do courses take to complete?2019-06-19T14:40:23+01:00

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