Mental Capacity Act Module 3 – Decision Making Authority & Best Interest Decision Making
• To provide knowledge of the law in relation to decision making authority;
• Participants will be able to define the statutory responsibilities of decision makers under the MCA
• Participants will know how to apply s.4 of the Mental Capacity Act to make best interests decisions.
• Participants will be able to facilitate future planning with adultswho have care an support needs, identifying options available under the MCA;
• Participants will have knowledge of the function and role of the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian in relation to safeguarding adults with care and support needs.
• Participants will clearly understand where decision making authority lies, and the evidence required for the purposes of validation;
• Participants will be able to support future planning when working with adults, which incorporate wishes, feelings and preferences;
• Participants will understand the interface between advanced care planning and safeguarding practice;
• Participants will feel confident in the Best Interests Meeting format and meeting the requirements of the statutory best interests checklist.
A combination of specific teaching input, case studies, group work and experiential learning. This requires a high level of participation, energy and focus from participants. Participants are expected to use the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences around supporting vulnerable adults.
Legislative and Policy Framework:
• Mental Capacity Act 2005
• The Human Rights Act 1998
• Kent and Medway Multi-agency Adult Protection Policy, Protocols and Guidance (January 2015)
• CQC Guidance 1st April 2015)
Duration: One-day All day attendance is required