Mental Capacity Act (MCA) training webinar series

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is designed to protect and restore power to individuals who may lack capacity to make certain decisions, at a particular time.

We know that those in society most at risk of COVID-19 - older people, and people with existing long-term health conditions – are likely to be over-represented in the group of people whose rights and freedoms are protected by the MCA.

The Department of Health and Social Care has asked SCIE to develop a series of webinars to support you and your team to understand the MCA and gain an understanding of what it means in practice.

Each week we will explore a different aspect of the MCA. Attend one-off sessions to refresh your learning in a particular area or sign up to all five for a complete overview and introduction to the Act.

Maximising the benefits of remote learning, each webinar will provide:

Who should attend

This series is designed for anyone working in or recently joining the health, social care or voluntary workforce.

Week 1 - Introduction and supporting decision making

Find out about the background and legislation supporting the Mental Capacity Act, including the five core principles, and the factors to consider and reflect on when supporting individuals to make their own decisions.

Thursday 28 May, 13:00 - 14:00

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Thursday 02 July, 14:00 - 15:00

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Week 2 - Assessing capacity

Explore the steps that must be taken to appropriately assess an individual’s capacity through effective and thorough communication, and how to define if an individual lacks the capacity to make decisions.

Thursday 04 June, 13:00 - 14:00

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Thursday 09 July, 14:00 - 15:00

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Week 3 - Best interests decisions

Learn about the definition of ‘best interests’ and how to carry out the decision-making process in a balanced way that reflects an individual’s rights and wishes.

Thursday 11 June, 13:00 - 14:00

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Thursday 16 July, 14:00 - 15:00

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Week 4 - Planning ahead, and other protections

Find out about the options available to individuals who lack capacity, including their right to advocacy, advanced decision-making, powers of attorney and Court of Protection.

Thursday 18 June, 13:00 - 14:00

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Thursday 23 July, 14:00 - 15:00

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Week 5 - Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) and Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

Learn about why DoLS was introduced, the protective process and authorisations in place when requesting to deprive an individual of their liberty and the upcoming changes to this legislation in the form of the LPS.

Thursday 25 June, 13:00 - 14:00

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Thursday 30 July, 14:00 - 15:00

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