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Introduction to Mental Capacity Act (MCA) training course

Explore the Mental Capacity Act with this expert-led, CPD-accredited training course.

Our introductory course provides an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) for frontline staff in care, health and related services.

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Course content

Content includes:

  • the importance of the MCA and who it helps
  • the five core principles
  • how to assess capacity to make decisions
  • ways to make decisions in a person’s best interests
  • how to help people plan for the future
  • DoLS (Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards) – now and in the future.

Learning outcomes

Attendees will gain awareness and understanding of the legal responsibilities and principles of the Mental Capacity Act. They will:

  • know how to apply MCA principles in their everyday work
  • reflect on how best to provide care and support to people
  • establish a framework for supporting and involving people in making decisions
  • recognise how the MCA and Code of Practice keeps people safe
  • understand how it supports human rights and helps decision making.

Who should attend?

Front-line staff and team leaders in care, health and related services.


The length of the training is one full day, however SCIE trainers can deliver it over two half-days to suit your organisation’s needs.

CPD accreditation

CPD Standards Office accredited course ref no 60036/01.

CPD Standards Office Accredited Course

Book on an in-house course

This is a sample training course outline. It is based on approximately 16 delegates (for online delivery) and 20 delegates (for face-to-face delivery at your premises). The course can be adapted to your organisation’s CPD requirements.