Learning Disability - Health and Social Care - Mental Health


Our MCA & DoLS course is the perfect option for participants working with individuals who lack capacity to make certain decisions for themselves. Covering up-to-date legislation, policies and procedures, participants will learn what is meant by “Best Interest” and the principles that need to be applied when making decisions on behalf of a supported individual. In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of the impact caused by “Best Interest” decisions, who should be involved in such decisions, and when to apply appropriate restraint to safeguard individuals who lack capacity.

  • To gain full understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding.

  • To learn about the legislation, policies and guidelines governing MCA and DoLS.

  • To recognise what we mean by “Best Interest” and the five key principles that must be applied when making “Best Interest” decisions.

  • To effectively conduct capacity assessments, including when they are required and who is involved in the assessment process.

  • To identify why an individual may lack capacity, for what decisions they may lack capacity for, and whether lack of capacity is temporary or permanent.

  • To appreciate the social, physical and mental impact caused by a lack of capacity, and to consider how lack of capacity may affect our own lives.

  • To better communicate with individuals lacking capacity and what actions can be taken to put them at the centre of the decision-making process.

  • To understand laws surrounding restraint, when restraint may be required, and what degree of restraint is appropriate.


6 hours teaching (7 Hour day to include breaks).

Number of participants

12 Participants per booking.

Suitable for

Care staff, Supporters, Volunteers, Family, Professionals