Mental Capacity Act

Listed below are a range of courses we deliver on the Mental Capacity Act. If you want more information on any course listed, please email: admin@edgetraining.org.uk and we will send you the full course outline with further details including costings. All courses are tailored to the specific needs of the staff group or service commissioning it. If you don’t see the exact course you need, please email us as we deliver numerous other bespoke courses on the Mental Capacity Act.


Consent and the Mental Capacity Act

This course aims to enable qualified social care staff and other disciplines to consider the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to their role and the clients they work with (full day course).


The Mental Capacity Act in practice

This full day course aims to enable qualified social workers and other social care staff to maximise their skills in implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 confidently and apply this in daily practice.


Mental Capacity Act for Occupational Therapists

This course is specifically designed for Occupational Therapists and OT assistants and aims to equip them to assess mental capacity for decisions they make in everyday practice. It focuses on practical record keeping and establishing when an OT is the 'decision maker' (full day).


Consent and the Mental Capacity Act for acute hospital staff

This course provides acute hospital staff with the latest information and guidance on consent and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It considers the practical application of the Act in acute hospital settings by a range of different professionals. Review recent relevant case law in relation to consent and the Act (full day course).


Consent and the Mental Capacity Act for GPs and CCG staff

This course provides a detailed overview of the law on consent and the Mental Capacity Act for General Practitioners and other CCG staff (half day course).


Consent and the Mental Capacity Act for pharmacists

This course provides a detailed overview of the law on consent and the Mental Capacity Act for pharmacists, particular those advising medical staff in different health settings (half day course).


Consent and the Mental Capacity Act for children and young people in healthcare settings

This full day course looks at consent when treating children and young people. In some situations, children are able to give consent themselves, and sometimes others need to take the decision on their behalf. The course refers to applicable legislation, guidance and case law both in the Family Court and the Court of Protection.


Consent and the Mental Capacity Act for palliative care and hospice staff

Designed specifically for palliative care and hospice staff this course looks at the application of the Mental Capacity Act for those approaching the end of life. It considers how different parts of the MCA apply in end of life care (full day course).


Mental Capacity Act for learning disability services

The course provides an opportunity for local authority and/or healthcare staff to gain an understanding of the use and application of the MCA in relation to people with learning disabilities. It considers relevant decisions and case law for this group of individuals.


Mental Capacity Act for learning disability colleges

This full day course provides college staff with information and guidance on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in the specific setting of learning disability colleges and educational providers.


Mental Capacity – how to undertake an assessment

This one day course aims to enable participants already familiar with the Mental Capacity Act to maximise their skills in assessing mental capacity. It provides an in-depth analysis of the assessment process and incorporates the latest guidance from judges in the Court of Protection.


Advanced assessing capacity and best interests

This full day course aims to enable participants already familiar with the Mental Capacity Act to maximise their skills in assessing capacity and best interests. It provides an in-depth analysis of the assessments and considers the latest case law.


Executive functioning (use or weigh) and the Mental Capacity Act

This course aims to provide managers with key knowledge on the impact of executive dysfunction on mental capacity to support the development of understanding of this area in front-line staff (half day).


Assessing mental capacity for people with psychosis

This full day course aims to enable participants already familiar with the Mental Capacity Act to maximise their skills in assessing mental capacity for people with psychosis.


Acquired Brain Injury and the Mental Capacity Act

This full day course provides information and guidance on the use and application of the Mental Capacity Act for people with ABI. It looks at the challenges of assessing mental capacity particularly around the ability to use or weigh information (executive function).


Mental Capacity Act 2005 and substance misuse (fluctuating capacity)

This course provides staff with information and guidance on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how to apply it when working with people with substance misuse issues. The course will consider key learning from safeguarding adult reviews and judgments handed down by the Court of Protection (full day course)


Sexual relations, contraception, marriage and restricting contact: Article 8 and the Mental Capacity Act

This full day course is designed to enable participants to understand mental capacity in relation to sexual relations, contact, marriage and contraception. Participants will gain awareness of the relevant case law in relation to mental capacity and best interests decision making.


Tenancy agreements and the MCA

This course considers how staff should assess mental capacity in relation to tenancy agreements and the key case law in this area. It reviews the legal validity of tenancy agreements signed by, or on behalf of, those lacking capacity; and when people lacking capacity may be placed without a tenancy agreement being in place (full day).


Managing financial affairs as a local authority Deputy

This full day course is targeted specifically at deputies within local authorities (also known as the client affairs department). It aims to equip attendees with knowledge about how to make legal decisions under the Mental Capacity Act as a deputy and what the court is looking for in their record keeping.


Managing financial affairs under the MCA

This half day course aims to equip attendees with knowledge about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), Deputyship orders and appointeeship and consider how these might apply to people in their care.


Mental Capacity Act awareness

This half day course aims to enable participants to have an awareness of the Mental Capacity 2005 and to be able to apply it to their everyday practice with service users.


MCA for managers of care homes and domiciliary care agencies

This course is designed specifically for senior staff from care homes and domiciliary care agencies. It aims to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of staff in applying the MCA to everyday practice (full day course).


Mental Capacity Act – case law update

This full day course provides an opportunity for staff to gain an understanding of the impact of current case law decisions involving the Mental Capacity Act in relation to health and social care provision. Issues covered will often include the latest case law on decisions including contact with others, sexual relations, use of social media, assessment of mental capacity etc.


Organisational risk and the MCA

This course summarises the body of court judgments that have led to serious consequences for organisations; both financial and reputational damage and illustrates methods to employ to avoid future instances of non-compliance. It considers special issues in assessing mental capacity such as risk taking, contact, serious treatment, vulnerable people, the inherent jurisdiction and safeguarding adults. Practice issues under the Mental Capacity Act such as record keeping, disputes and balancing risk for organisations are discussed.


Self-neglect and the MCA

This one day course aims to enable delegates to consider the application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to cases of self-neglect through Safeguarding Adults procedures.


Self-neglect and the MCA for GPs and CCG staff

A half day course designed for GPs and CCG staff to consider key issues in relation to the MCA and its application to individuals who self-neglect.


The Mental Capacity Act: faith and religious practice

Every faith community or congregation has members that may lack mental capacity for example, those with dementia or a learning disability. This course aims to enable professionals to understand the relevant law and guidance when working with the Mental Capacity Act and people that have a religious faith (including those that have none).


Decisions to refuse medical treatment

This course examines decisions to refuse medical treatment and considers the different ways this can be done. It reviews the latest case law and looks at practical issues in relation to issues that arise when refusing treatment. Note: this course is designed for clinical staff making medical treatment decisions although local authority safeguarding managers may also find it of use.


Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act interaction

This course examines the interface between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983. It considers the differences and overlap between the two Acts for practitioners and reviews the latest applicable case law.