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Mental Capacity Act and its Application in Practice

  • Level(s) of Study: Practitioner / Short course
  • Start Date(s): 3 November 2023
  • Duration: 3 hours pre-session activity (online); one day in person (6 hours); 3 hours post-session activity (online)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course provides a solid introduction to the Mental Capacity Act along with other relevant legislation such as Human Rights Act 1998 and Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the 2007 Act. The course will the focus on the specifics of a Mental Capacity Assessment in relation to following the principles and good practice.

Additionally, the course will look at how to weigh-up and assess information obtained from a Mental Capacity with a view to making defensible decisions regarding a service user or patient. The course will then continue by looking at what constitutes the ‘best interests’ of a patient/service user and the importance of advocacy.

On completion of this course and the three others that make up the suite, you will be in a strong position to train as a BIA on the course offered by the University and your prior learning will be recognised.

The other courses in this suite

  • Learn through a blended format of online and in-person teaching. You'll be on campus for one day, with time required for pre-session and post-session activity.
  • Take your learning into practice as you understand the principles of the Mental Capacity Act, and conducting mental capacity assessments.

What you’ll study

During the course you’ll:

  • identify the 5 statutory principles and key elements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • understand the importance of the Act within adult safeguarding
  • learn how to apply the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to your practice
  • learn how to carry out a morally ethical mental capacity assessment.

Where you'll learn

This course is delivered through a blended learning format.

You'll have 6 hours of in-person teaching taught on your chosen course start date. You'll also have 6 hours of independent study focusing on pre-session activity (3 hours) and post-session activity (3 hours), consisting of reading and reflective exercises.

Staff Profiles

Dr Jennifer Simpson

Senior Lecturer

Social Work, Care and Community

Dr Jennifer Simpson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Care and Community and Course Leader for MA Advanced Social Work Practice. Her research interests include: Social Work and social

Campus and facilities

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £90 + VAT.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £90 + VAT.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply