Assessing Mental Capacity

Offered By

NHS Health Education England

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Course Information

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Why should I take this course?

This micro skills course from NHS Health Education England links to the statutory principles in session Mental Capacity Act as Part of Human Rights, and explains the requirement to do everything practicable to empower people to make their own decisions, with practice examples. It also outlines the Mental Capacity Act test for lack of capacity with practice examples and explains who is responsible for the assessment, what should trigger an assessment, how should it be done and how lack of capacity to consent should be recorded.

Are the programs accredited for continuous professional development (CPD) or continuing medical education (CME)?

Our courses have been developed and are delivered by Talisium's global network of content providers including universities and various professional bodies whose work underpins CPD for healthcare professionals.
Certificates of completion will be available and can be downloaded once a course has been completed. These can be used as evidence of learning for training and CPD purposes. You will need to check with your governing body about CPD standards and requirements.
Unless otherwise stated, certificates issued through Talisium are not qualifications of any formal assessment.

Do I need any prior qualifications or experience?

Our courses and programs have been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of trainees and qualified healthcare professionals. For most courses, we do not ask that you hold certain qualifications or meet certain criteria.
Some courses are aligned to specialist medical curricula so there is a certain level of medical knowledge required in these cases. On the whole, however, the courses and programs are accessible to a broad audience of learners.

Validate your learning

Each participant receives a certificate upon course completion.

What you can expect

A 30 minute eLearning course containing interactive content and activities. 

This course is ideal for

All health professionals.

Here is what you will cover in
this course 

Give examples of how to support people, in practice, to make their own decisions

Use the MCA definition of capacity correctly and apply it to practice

Relate the use of capacity assessments to the statutory principles of the Act

Describe the MCA two-stage test of capacity, and explain when it should be used

Explain what should trigger an assessment, who is responsible for the assessment, and how it should be carried out

Describe how to record lack of capacity to consent