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Preparing for Deprivation of Liberty and the Best Interest Assessor Role

Find out more about NTU's suite of four non-accredited short courses focused on deprivation of liberty and becoming a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

This suite of four courses that make up the Preparing for Deprivation of Liberty and the Best Interest Assessor Role have been created for practitioners and individuals keen to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and values to train as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

The advantage of these preparatory courses is that they are affordable and do not require either sponsorship or a letter of support from an employer, social care service, or health authority.

Another advantage of these courses is that they provide the opportunity for practitioners to demonstrate to their employers a commitment to their own continuous professional development and interest in a specialism. On completion of all four courses, 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.

Together the suite of unaccredited courses are very useful for teams of support workers in contact centres responsible for triaging referrals and signposting to relevant support services other than social care. Additionally, they can also be useful in supporting the role of Complex Discharge Facilitators in both mental health and general nursing, thereby supporting speedy or planned discharge. The increased knowledge gained from the suite of course, can potentially boost confidence thereby avoiding delays in communication and discharge.

Who are these courses for?

These courses are ideal for health and social care practitioners delivering Community Mental Health (CMA) services to adults.

This includes:

  • mental health nurses
  • adult social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • practitioners working in residential settings that include mental health treatment centres.

These courses provide an opportunity for a range of practitioners to further develop their knowledge and understanding of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and key concepts associated with it.

Our courses

We offer a suite of four non-accredited short courses, delivered in a blended format with a mix of online and face-to-face teaching. The courses are all delivered over 2 days, or 12 hours.

You can choose to take any number of the courses depending on your needs, background, and practitioner experience.

Have any questions?

Contact, Commercial Manager, School of Social Sciences.