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GP Medical Ethics, Law & Safeguarding Update (MCA and DOLS Training) 5th October 2016

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Dates: Wed 5th Oct 2016
Venue: Trumpington Meadows Primary School, Kestrel Rise, Cambridge CB2 9AY view on map
Course price: £60.00
Course Administrator:
Ryan Chapa
01223 348885

This course is split over 2 sessions on the same day;

The first session offers an introduction to the concepts behind the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and deprivation of liberty (DOLS) and is intended for health care staff that assist people in day to day clinical decisions.

Session 1:

  • Characterise the importance of Human Rights to health and social care
  • Identify duties and responsibilities under the Act and how it relates to health/care decisions
  • Recognise how the MCA principles apply to health/care decisions
  • Explain the ‘decision/time specific’ nature of mental capacity
  • Demonstrate the importance of involving and supporting people in decision making
  • Describe the test for lack of capacity and standard for Best Interests decisions
  • Define the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service
  • List issues associated with restraint in line with the Act
  • Know what constitutes deprivation as per the ‘acid test’
  • Identify duties and responsibilities under the Act

The second session will help to develop your knowledge in the practical application of MCA. The aim of the course is to provide a practical and skills based approach to capacity assessments, best interest decisions and how to use the legislation in practice.

Session 2:

  • Understanding Supported Decision Making: Patient and Clinicians making decisions together
  • Recording consent & refusal of treatment where capacity could be in question
  • How to apply the 5 principles in practice
  • How to undertake and document capacity assessments
  • How to record best interest decisions
  • How and when to apply for an IMCA
  • How to identify restraints, restrictions and least restrictive options and evidencing the use of restraint under the MCA
  • Understanding Court Appointed Deputies, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the implications for medical practice


If you would like to attend the second session only, please ensure that all pre-reading has been completed (please download from this page)