Mental Capacity Act 2005 and DoLS - Awareness

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Two half day training sessions to give participants an understanding of how the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Please note this course is for Hampshire Care Providers only, and has a maximum of 12 participants, so please let us know if you are unable to attend as we have a waiting list for this course.


Two half day training sessions to give participants an understanding of how the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards apply to their day-to-day work settings. NB: the existing system of DoLS will continue to operate until at least March 2023. It is planned to overlap with the new system, the Liberty Protection Safeguards, from April 2021.

Target Group

Anyone working in a provider health and/or social care setting. Ideally all participants should have a similar amount of prior knowledge about the Act.

Learning outcomes: by the end of this session participants should:

• Be able to explain why and how the Mental Capacity Act was introduced

• Have memorised the 5 principles of the Act’s Code of Practice

• Be able to define what the Act means by “capacity”, and understand how to assess whether someone does or does not have capacity

• Have a grasp of how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 links to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

• Understand the importance of record keeping to support all decisions

• Have explored some case law examples that have been heard in the Court of Protection

• Be able to apply all of their knowledge to everyday situations that they may face at work

• Understand what it means in practice for an individual to be deprived of their liberty lawfully, and unlawfully

• Have explored how the Supreme Court rulings of March 2014 in the “Cheshire West” and “MIG and MEG” cases have changed our understanding of what constitutes a “deprivation of liberty”

• Be able to distinguish between a deprivation of liberty in various different settings: eg care homes, hospitals, supported living, Shared Lives etc

• Know what information is needed to make an application to the local authority, or to the Court of Protection (as appropriate) for Deprivation of Liberty to be authorised

• Have been updated on the implications of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 which is due to bring in the new system of Liberty Protection Safeguards in April 2022.

Training methods used

All of our training sessions are intended to be as interactive as possible. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, make comments and bring up their own issues. We use lots of different methods including quizzes, case studies, video clips and small group work as well as direct teaching. We want participants to leave the session saying “that was really enjoyable – and it was directly relevant to my working life.”

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