eLearning: Mental Capacity Act

Published 2011

These elearning resources are freely available to all. They provide audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring the many areas of the Mental Capacity Act.

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Supporting people to make their own decisions

Explores why the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was introduced and who is affected by the Act (Estimated sudy time: 20-30 minutes).

Making day-to-day decisions about care and support

Explores what is meant by making day-to-day decisions and how we can assess a person’s capacity to make their own decisions.

Best interest decisions about day-to-day care and support

Explores what the Act means by ‘best interests’ as well as when best interests decisions need to be made.

Making more complex decisions

Explores why, when and how to carry out a formal, recorded assessment of capacity.

More complex best interests decision making

Explores how you begin to work out a person’s best interests in a practical context and the limits and challenges associated with best interests decision making.

What to do when there is disagreement

Explores what kinds of disagreement can arise in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and possible solutions to resolve these.

Planning for the future

Explores who can make decisions on behalf of other people and when those decisions can be made.

A guide to the deprivation of liberty safeguards

Looks at the law on deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS).

Interface between the MCA and MHA

Explores the relationship between the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the Mental Health Act (MHA) of 1983 (as amended by the Mental Heath Act 2007) the difference between the two laws in relation to detention and deprivation of liberty.