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Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to people aged 16 and over.

It covers decisions about day-to-day things like what to wear or what to buy for the weekly shop, or serious life-changing decisions like whether to move into a care home or have major surgery.

Who should complete the course?

Front-line staff and team leaders in care, health and related services.


To consider the implications of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) in practice.


By the end of the course, delegates will have the skills to:

  • Appreciate the importance of the Code of Practice
  • Define mental capacity
  • State how to assess a person’s mental capacity
  • Identify the factors to be taken into account when making a ‘best interests’ decision
  • Discuss restraint and appreciate the circumstances when this is justifiable
  • Define a deprivation and identify proportionate responses
  • Explain the difference between restraint and Deprivation of Liberty
  • Identify a possible Deprivation of Liberty
  • Appreciate the process to follow if a person is deprived of their liberty
Course Content

Course Content

  • Code of Practice
  • Statutory principles
  • Assessing capacity
  • Alternative decision makers
  • Best interests decisions
  • Restraint and restriction
  • What is Deprivation of Liberty?
  • The referral process
  • What happens next?


1 day


Groupwork, observation and discussions.

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