22nd May 2020 10:00 till 13:00


£75.00 exc. VAT

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Best Interests Assessors Report Writing – Programme 2 – 22nd May 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **

Please note Best Interests Assessors Report Writing Programme 1 (15th May ) and Programme 2 (22nd May) feature different content that can be attended on a stand-alone basis or together. If you are booking only one of these courses, please read the programmes carefully to ensure you are selecting your preferred programme.


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 understand the legal framework and how to apply this to the DoLS assessments
  • To consider what evidence to present to meet the legal requirements of the mental capacity requirement
  • Consider how to make BIA reports accessible to service users and their representatives.
  • To be able to use form 3 effectively

Programme 2 Summary 

  • Guidance on carrying out ‘virtual’ capacity assessments
  • The DoLS mental capacity requirement
  • Applying the statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to practice
  • What is relevant information? Guidance from case law
  • What to record to satisfy the second principle
  • The section 3 assessment in detail – guidance from case law & how to record
  • Complex assessments – fluctuating capacity & executive dysfunction
  • Conclusion – how to evidence the ‘causative nexus’

The course will be delivered by Piers McNeil 

Piers McNeil is an independent social worker with 17 years experience in a range of adult social care fields, including: learning disability, physical disability, and older persons mental health. Piers is also a qualified DoLS Best Interests Assessor & Court of Protection visitor and previously held several senior local authority positions specialising in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and adult safeguarding. He has led practice forums for Best Interests Assessors and has designed and delivered training to a range of audiences.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.

If you are a Local Authority, NHS Trust or CCG and require an invoice please email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk for a booking form. All other bookings now require online payment via Paypal or a debit/credit card - please confirm the details of these delegates attending this course below: 1

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