Mental Capacity Act (MCA): e-Learning course
Published: March 2016 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible
This resource explores the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including best interests decision-making,and how to support people to make their own decisions.
The course is for everyone who looks after or cares for someone, for example, doctors, nurses, care assistants, social workers, and family members.
- Introducing the Mental Capacity Act
- Supporting people to make decisions
- Assessing capacity
- Best interests decisions
- More complex decisions
- What to do when there is disagreement
- Planning for the future
Access the e-Learning course module
Estimated online study time: 30-45 minutes per section
Record of study: We do NOT record your study. To retain a permanent record of your study, you should complete a learning record, which you can then download and print out. This information is saved in your MySCIE account.
Certification type: Personalised downloadable PDF certificate containing your grade/mark is available
All material in this e-learning resource, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of this resource, and import of the resource into learning management systems, for educational purposes is freely permitted, but commercial use of this learning resource is not authorised unless permission is first obtained from SCIE.
All material in this resource, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of the resource, and import of the resource into learning management systems for educational purposes is freely permitted, but commercial use of any of SCIE’s learning resources is not authorised unless permission is first obtained in writing.
Please note this course is provided free of charge on an ‘as seen’ basis. Although SCIE’s courses have been used over many years with almost no reported problems, SCIE cannot provide technical support for their implementation or to investigate or fix any reported technical problems, nor does it warrant that they are fully compliant with all or any technical platform.
Any known issue with an individual course is noted on the opening page of that course.
This course was developed using a technology called Artculate Storyline 2.
Who this is suitable forOpen
This e-learning resource is targeted at all staff working with people who lack or may lack capacity in the health and social care sectors. This includes paid and unpaid carers as well as families. Trainers and students will also find these resources useful. The e-learning resource can be integrated into the higher education social work curriculum either as directed or self-directed study
Producers of the 2011 version
Janet Badger, writer and advocacy expert
Capacity Care, MCA non-profit social enterprise
Alison Picton, SCIE
David Thompson, SCIE
Carole Wilkinson, DoLS manager
Dominic King, SCIE
Producers of the 2016 update
Mel Palmer, writer and MCA consultant
Hugh Constant, SCIE
Shirish Gandhi, SCIE
Keith Spink, SCIE
DESQ, technical development and design
SCORM Compliant versionOpen
If you are a member of staff from a higher education institution who would like to download the activity for use in a virtual learning environment (VLE), such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle you should use the SCORM compliant version above.
Please note that this resource was not designed to export any scores or track progress throughout the resource. Therefore, this resource can be imported into a virtual learning environment and freely accessed by users, but there will be no tracking or grading functionality.
This e-learning resource has been designed to be accessible to the widest audience possible and reviewed for compliance to accessibility standards by the Digital Media Access Group at the University of Dundee.
This page lists some of the features used to make the resources easier to use. If you are experiencing problems using the resources, or have any questions and comments about their accessibility, please let us know.
Using the resources without a mouse
All materials have been designed to be accessible using the keyboard. Use the Tab key to access navigational elements such as buttons and interactive diagrams. Pop-up windows with scroll bars can be accessed with the tab key, with the scroll-bar being operable via the up and down arrow keys.
Changing the appearance of the resources
If you need to adjust the way the resources appear, a Text Only version has been provided for each resource, allowing you to make changes to the resource's appearance through your browser. For example, you can use your browser to make the text larger, or change the font or colour of the text to suit your personal preferences. For more help on how to do this, visit the BBC's My Web My Way website
Accessing the resources with a screen reader
All resources have a narration of the main text. However if you use a screen reader, we recommend using the Text Only version for each resource. These provide broadly the same information and experience as the Flash version, but currently the nature of some features of the Flash resources mean that these features do not work as required in a screen reader
SCIE would like to thank the reviewers of this course without whom it would not have been produced.
SCIE would also like to thank anyone who was asked to contribute to or comment on the resource.
Technical development and design by DESQ.
Images and audioOpen
The case studies in this resource use the voices and images of actors. This approach has been adopted to protect the identities of the service users and carers whose accounts have been drawn upon or the accounts have been based on situations indicative of the events or issues being covered.