This Assessing Mental Capacity training course guides you through the process of assessing a person’s mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. It looks at the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the 5 key principles involved in assessing mental capacity. It also looks at capacity assessment examples and how to deal with disagreements and complaints.

Assessing someone’s mental capacity – their ability to make decisions for themselves – requires a clear set of guidelines and procedures. This training programme has been designed to guide you through this process.

The course looks at the Mental Capacity Act and the five key principles involved in assessing mental capacity. It explains how to help someone make decisions for themselves. It also takes you through the two-stage test involved in making a capacity assessment if you should need to do so. It looks at who may need help, how to help and the extra support you may need to do this.A key part of this training is to emphasise the importance of keeping the person at the centre of the decision-making process, and acting sensitively.

Assessing Mental Capacity Course Contents

1. The Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental capacity is the ability to understand and make a decision when it needs to be made. The Mental Capacity Act protects people who can’t do this, those who can’t make decisions for themselves.

In this section we look at The Mental Capacity Act, who it applies to and its relevance when assessing someone’s mental capacity.

2. The Five Principles of the Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act is based on five key principles which protect people who may lack capacity. These principles ensure people are given the help they need to take part as much as possible in decisions that affect them.
This section looks at these principles. Following them makes sure that the appropriate action is taken. They can also help you find solutions in difficult or uncertain situations.

3. Helping People Make Decisions

  • It’s important to use a person-centred approach when there is a decision to be made:

  • Make the person feel at ease

  • Consider what they need to know in order to make the decision

  • Think about the best way of presenting the information to them

  • This section is about providing the right information and communicating it clearly. It’s about supporting a person and giving them all the help you can to make a decision for themselves.

4. Capacity Assessment

You may have tried to help someone make a decision for themselves, but still be concerned that they are unable to do so. Before you make a decision for them you need proof that it’s more likely than not that they lack the capacity to make the decision.

This section explains the two-stage test you need to complete. It also looks at using restraint, emergency situations and court approval.

5. Disagreements and Complaints

Sometimes a mental capacity assessment might be challenged. You then need to be able to provide objective reasons as to why you believe a person does or does not lack capacity.

In this final section we look at ways challenges can be resolved, making a complaint and dealing with a complaint made against you.


Duration: 40 Minutes


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