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MCA/DOLS for Practitioners – Improving Your Assessment Reports

March 31, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Who should attend

Qualified practitioners in adult social care teams and health (Social Workers, OT’s, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Speech & Language Therapists, Dieticians, Commissioners, Reviewing Officers, Adult Safeguarding Practitioners) including Community Mental Health Practitioners & those making more significant decisions such as those relating to a person’s capacity to consent to medication, a new type of care package or any new significant decision.



1 day


Overview of the course

  • The 5 guiding principles
  • The framework set by the MCA for decision making
  • The necessary steps set to support service users and patients to make decisions such as accepting a new or revised care package, consenting to or knowing how to use medication, take part in a planned programme of physiotherapy or occupational therapy within the framework set out by the MCA
  • What is a formal 2 stage assessment of capacity
  • Making a more formal best interst decision & when and where to record such decisions
  • How to recognise when a formal assessment of capacity for a more complex decision is needed
  • When to seek further advice such as regarding application to the Court of Protection
  • The role of attorneys, deputies and IMCAs
  • The implications of advance decisions
  • How to identify the links between mental capacity and the protection of adults at risk from abuse


Course Objectives

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Have an increased knowledge & understanding of mental capacity & the related legislations
  • Have identified the criteria needed to be able to assess capacity & make best interest decisions on behalf of an individual or service user
  • Be able to carry out a formal assessment of capacity
  • Be able to make a formal best interest decision
  • Know when & where to record such decisions
  • Recognise when a formal assessment of capacity for a more complex decision is needed



Ernest Johnson & Alison Strang


Application Process

Book your place here


Further dates

To be confirmed



March 31, 2020
9:30 am - 4:00 pm