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Course outline: Understanding the Mental Capacity Act
Posted on 3:05pm Tuesday 24th Jan 2012
Many care workers are still confused by the Mental Capacity Act. Some are even frightened of it. They believe that using the Act (and in particular assessing capacity) is complicated and requires highly trained professionals. However this is not necessarily the case.
Delivering training on legal responsibilities doesn't need to be overly complicated or boring either.
Effective training is dynamic, engaging and concerned with real life experiences and the dilemmas faced by the workers themselves. read my article on delivering this type of training in Local Government Lawyer Magazine
It is true that the MCA covers a lot of ground but far from being complex it is designed to make capacity and best interests decisions easier and to support workers in their dealings with mentally vulnerable people. Simply put the Mental Capacity Act is just an extra layer of safeguarding for people who (for whatever reason) are unable to make their own decisions.
By constantly relating the MCA to practice and by relying upon straightforward illustrations, case studies, quizzes and discussion this course builds upon existing and familiar knowledge to create a ‘picture’ of capacity, self determination, duty of care and above all ‘balance’ in the minds of the participants.
By the end of the course participants will not be experts in all the underlying legal concepts but they will have a real awareness of their responsibilities and the confidence to put that awareness into practice.
The course covers: