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Course Summary

End of Life Care Training – Legal Issues Introduction

Course Overview

This half-day course will provide healthcare practitioners involved in palliative and end-of-life care with an introduction to the legal framework in which they practice. 

The course will cover the basic statutory and common law framework that governs how a healthcare professional can treat and care for those at the end of their lives.

Through case studies the course will explore the implications of best interest assessments and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) in end-of-life care, clarifying the key legal issues and how they apply in practice.  


  • Outline the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how it applies in day-to-day practice in end-of-life care
  • Using common law principles – standard of care and consent
  • Undertaking and documenting capacity assessments 
  • Best interest assessments and an overview of DNA CPR
  • How human rights can help support effective, personalised care
  • Deprivation of Liberty, the Cheshire West case and the ‘acid test’ – how do these apply in end-of-life care?
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates – their role and how they can support you and your patient