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Assessing Older People with Mental Health Needs

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Assessing Older People with Mental Health Needs
Assessing Older People with Mental Health Needs

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via Zoom

About the Event

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The main aim of this course is to develop an understanding of older people’s mental health, including the interaction with physical health. Many people assess older adults as part of their work but lack an understanding of the person’s mental health and how this may affect the assessment. With scrutiny of mental capacity assessments in all areas of work increasing and the forthcoming Liberty Protection Safeguards, a better understanding of poor mental health in older adults will be vital.

The course is designed for social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, care home managers and BIAs who would like to expand their understanding and knowledge of this important subject. In addition, legal professionals practising in the subject areas of the Court of Protection, private client and Mental Health Tribunals will find it very useful.  

At the end of the course, delegates will have a better understanding of

  • The interaction between physical and mental health issues when assessing older adults
  • Depression in older adults and how this is different in younger adults
  • The three Ds to be considered when assessing older adults- depression, delirium and dementia
  • The symptoms and possible causes of mental disorder in older people
  • Dementia and behaviours that challenge
  • Issues in relation to age and anti-discriminatory and/or oppressive practice

Note: Those attending need some prior knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, and Mental Health Act and understand their general application.


  • Depression and how depression in older people differs from younger adults
  • Suicide in older adults
  • Delirium
  • Dementia and behaviours that challenge
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Psychosis
  • MCA and MHA interface

The course will be delivered by Dr Kapila Sachdev. 

Kapila is a consultant in old age psychiatry at East London Foundation NHS Trust. She currently works as a community consultant and has worked as a liaison consultant in the past. Kapila is a Section 12 approved doctor and teaches on the East London Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) qualifying training course, Section 12 approval training programme and regularly within the NHS Trust to doctors, nurses and others.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Course access details will be emailed direct to delegate(s) upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.

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