Assessing Mental Capacity Certification

Course Code:
1.75 hours
Assessing Mental Capacity Certification
Exams Included:
All major browsers and devices
Delivery method:
Online (In-house also available )
Assessing Mental Capacity
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was formulated with a view to providing clear guidelines regarding assessing the mental capacity of an individual. Lack of mental capacity can lead to loss of freedom, and others may make decisions for you. This is often a transitional point in the life of any individual.

This makes it all the more important that mental capacity must be evaluated using the correct techniques and methods. It’s important to assess an individual’s mental capacity correctly, and the conclusion should not be based on the individual’s age, appearance or disabilities, if any.

What You Will Learn in This Course:
Why there are concerns regarding assessing mental capacity
The relationship between mental capacity and decision-making
An overview of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and how it underlies the principles of mental capacity assessment
The two-stage assessment test and the five principles of the MCA
Who can assess an individual’s mental capacity
How mental capacity is time and item specific, and how it can fluctuate
The Benefits of Taking This Course:
You will be able to appreciate the relevance of the MCA in mental capacity assessment
You will learn how to avoid the common pitfalls, such as presumptions or prejudice when assessing mental capacity
You will be able to make a much fairer, more reliable and unbiased assessment of mental capacity
You will learn to differentiate between unwise decisions and lack of mental capacity and give the individual the benefit of the doubt
The outcome of a mental capacity assessment can change the course of an individual’s life by depriving them of their freedom. Therefore, it’s extremely important that the assessment process is reliable and as accurate as possible.

Course Modules/Lessons
Module 01: A Brief Overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Module 02: The Five Principles That Underlie Mental Capacity Assessment
Module 03: Legal issues and the CMSL Principle



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