Mental Capacity Act and DOLS

Course length

2 Hours

About the Course

This course is designed for health and social care workers, including: carers, supervisors and managers who work with older people or vulnerable adults either in care homes or their own homes. It is also useful for those who work with older people and vulnerable adults in other settings, such as hospitals, and dentists’ and doctors’ surgeries.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA), which became law in 2007, is designed to increase the protection of vulnerable adults. The Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (DOLS) were implemented in 2009 to protect those people who are in hospitals, care homes and supported living from having their freedoms restricted.
The aim of this course is to provide a clear understanding of the MCA and DOLS so that those who work within the health and social care sector can fully comply with the legislation whilst carrying out their work. Attendees will also learn how to work in the best interests of those with reduced mental capacity.

Course Outcomes

Understanding the five core principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Learning how to work within the legal framework of the MCA
Defining and assessing ‘capacity’
Knowing when to assess people and the principles of assessment
Understanding the liabilities of carers
Learning how to record your practice
Understanding the term ‘deprivation of liberty’
Knowing how and when to act in the best interest of those you work with
Understanding legislation regarding restraint
Learning the key elements of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards