Mental Capacity Act and DoLS (Level 3)

This half-day Mental Capacity Act and DoLS course is suitable for nurses, carers and support workers.


Care workers have to have an awareness of, and must follow, the legal safeguards in the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and are legally required to follow the Code of Practice when acting in relation to a person who lacks, or who may lack, capacity. This course is designed to give carers an understanding of their responsibilities and how to put them into practice in the workplace.

Course Contents

  • Relevant and associated legislation (inc. The Care Act, SSWB, Human Rights Act)
  • Scope of the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • The Five Principles
  • Capacity affecting factors
  • Assessing capacity (including roles and responsibilities)
  • Diagnostic and functional tests
  • Law exceptions
  • Record keeping and reviews
  • Fluctuating/situational capacity
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • What is a restraint and what is a restriction?
  • Standard and urgent authorisations
  • Advance planning of DoLS
  • Relevant Person’s Representatives
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates
  • Practical delivery of day-to-day care and support
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Advance decisions, including DNACPR
  • Case studies

Course Outcomes

Your staff will be equipped with all the relevant knowledge and an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, which determines carers responsibilities to those who may lack mental capacity.

Successful completion of this training course will result in the award of a CPD accredited certificate covering all aspects of the above course contents.

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