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Mental Capacity Act Awareness

Ascend Learning Solutions

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 develop an awareness of the Mental Capacity Act and its implications for your practice, and how to recognise when a Deprivation of Liberty authorisation is required.


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
  • Define restraint and appreciate the circumstances when this is justifiable
  • Define a deprivation and identify proportionate responses
Course Content

Course Content

  • MCA and Code of Practice
  • Statutory principles
  • Assessing capacity
  • Best interests
  • Protection from liability
  • Restraint and restriction
  • Deprivation


Half day (3 hours)


Groupwork, observation and discussions.

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