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BIA Report Writing 30th October 2017 27 Oct 2017 £140.00 £5.39 £29.08

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Best Interests Assessors Report Writing Course


This course is targeted specifically at qualified Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure robust and legally defensible assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS)

Learning outcomes:

  • To consider what evidence to present to meet the legal requirements of DoLS.
  • To understand the latest case law as it applies to DoLS and how to apply this to BIA assessments.
  • To be able to use the combined assessment form (form 3) for BIAs effectively
  • The latest MCA and DoLS news
  • No refusals assessment – what to record
  • Continuous supervision and control & not to free to leave in detailBest interests – what to record to meet the requirements of the statutory checklist
  • The person is deprived of their liberty– what to record
  • It is necessary to deprive the person of their liberty in this way in order to prevent harm to the person - what to record
  • Depriving the person of their liberty in this way is a proportionate response – what to record
  • Benefits and burdens analysis – how to use and what to record
  • Selecting a representative – the eligibility criteria and what to record
  • Setting the maximum authorisation period - justifying the maximum authorisation period
  • Setting conditions – what to consider and how to record
  • DoLS assessment of capacity – the decision and general principles. 
  • Recording the capacity assessment

The course will be delivered by Piers McNeil 

Piers McNeil is an independent social worker specialising in the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Adult Safeguarding. He has 13 years’ experience in a range of adult social care fields, including: Learning Disability, Physical Disability, and Older People’s Mental Health. Piers is a qualified DoLS Best Interests Assessor and prior to becoming independent, held several senior local authority positions specialising in the Mental Capacity Act and Adult Safeguarding. Piers is passionate about demystifying the MCA and empowering others to use it effectively. He has led practice forums for Best Interests Assessors and has designed and delivered training to a range of audiences.

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Central London EC4Y
nearest Underground station Temple

United Kingdom

Monday, 30 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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Edge Training & Consultancy Limited 80-83 Long Lane London EC1A 9ET (Please note this is NOT the Event venue address. Venue details will be sent to you direct from Edge after booking)


Edge provides specialist consultancy and training on the operation of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).  Several of our directors and trainers are leading authors in the field.  We use highly experienced trainers, all with direct work experience in relation to people with mental health problems and/or limited mental capacity, to deliver training. We are commissioned by Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and private providers.  We train a wide range of staff groups including psychiatrists, AMHPs, BIAs, social workers and nurses. We concentrate on making the law accessible to these staff groups so that it can be applied in practice. All of our training is practical and involves case studies tailored to the needs of each group.

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