21st January 2021 10:00 till 13:00 (Part 1) & 22nd January 2021 10:00 till 13:00 (Part 2)

A single training course delivered in two sessions via live webinar

£150.00 exc. VAT

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Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act Interaction – 21st & 22nd January 2021 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **


This  one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to enable health and social care staff to consider the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on their work and its relationship to the use and application of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Learning outcomes 

  • Understand the key rules and procedures of the Mental Capacity Act and how this relates to its interaction with the Mental Health Act
  • Explain how their working practices will be affected by using the Mental Capacity Act
  • Illustrate the skills needed to assess which Act is applicable for particular situations
  • Demonstrate practical application of the interaction between the two Acts


  • Mental Capacity Act commentary – Court of Appeal, CQC, Ombudsman
  • MCA and MHA 1983 comparison
  • MCA and MHA statistics – detention and supervision in England
  • Using the MCA in mental health services – community, admission, hospital and discharge
  • Admission to hospital – ECHR case law and AM & SLaM case
  • Assessment of capacity – first steps and overview
  • Understand – what information for admission to hospital
  • Use or weigh – significance in mental health and case law
  • Best Interests – overview and the checklist
  • Admission to mental health wards – which Act and why? Case law guidance
  • Code of Practice guidance – objecting to treatment or admission (eligibility for DoLS)
  • Conveyance – moving people?
  • Deprivation of Liberty – European view onwards
  • Why or when to use DoLS in mental health services – hospital and community
  • Case law – CTO and Conditional Discharge and DoLS
  • Case law summary sheet on MHA and MCA cases
  • The future – Liberty Protection Safeguards and MHA
The course will be delivered by Steven Richards 
Steven Richards is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector. He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind and as an advocate Steven represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, reviewing the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He has also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services on the MCA including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and most recently has delivered training on the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards to members of the House of Lords.Steven is co-author of three books:

  • Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 
  • Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1stedition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7) 

He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an App on the Mental Capacity Act.

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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