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Course Summary

Mental Capacity Act Training

Course Overview

The Mental Capacity Amendment Bill is unlikely to come into force until early 2020.  In the interim healthcare professionals continue to be bound by the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

On 13th March 2014, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 published the report of its ten‐month investigation. The Government responded: “We agree with the Committee’s overall finding: that while the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) was a “visionary piece of legislation” the Act has “suffered from a lack of awareness and a lack of understanding.”

This masterclass will consider how the current Mental Capacity Act applies to day-to-day practice, with a focus on capacity and best interest assessments and how these can protect the healthcare practitioner and improve patient care. Delegates will have the opportunity to raise issues and concerns specific to their own practice. The course will be run by a healthcare lawyer and will be case study led.


  • A practical overview of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Provision of robust capacity and best interest assessment plans that ensure patient-centred care
  • Review of recent case law
  • The potential changes to the DoLS regime
  • Overview of the MCA Amendment Bill
  • Advance care planning and advance decisions
  • The interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act