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Working with the Mental Capacity Act

Mental Capacity Act and Advanced Care Planning Discussions

“The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decision for themselves, or who have capacity and want to make preparations for a time when they may lack capacity in the future. It sets out who can take decisions, in which situations and how they should go about this” (Department of Constitutional Affairs, 2007).

This session will enable the attendee to understand, recognise and know how to use the Mental Capacity Code of Practice.

Skills learned in this session empower the healthcare professional to keep the individual at the centre of their practice, fulfilling their duty of care and is relevant to all settings.


To understand the relevance of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and improve confidence in holding those discussions.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand our duty of care under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and code of conduct.

  • Understanding the five statutory principles behind the Act and the way they affect how it’s put in practice.

  • To understand what the Act means by acting in the best interests of someone lacking capacity to make a decision for themselves, and describes the checklist set out in the Act for working out what is in someone’s best interest.

  • To understand how the Mental Capacity Act, advance care planning and consent are connected.

 Dates for 2019: 

  • Wednesday 13th March

Booking terms and conditions can be found below, please familiarise yourselves with these before reserving your place on this Study Day.


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