Everyone working with and/or caring for adults and young people aged over 16 who may lack capacity to make specific decisions must comply with the MCA.
If you or someone else considers that your patient lacks mental capacity to make a treatment decision at a particular time you need to:
- Do everything practicable to maximise their capacity
- Carry out an assessment of their capacity using the MCA two stage test
- If the test shows they lack capacity you need to consider what treatment is in their best interests (if appropriate involve an IMCA)
- Carefully document your decision, as this will be necessary if the MCA is to provide you with protection from liability
This interesting and engaging Mental Capacity Act course contains two hours of CPD for your team members, which they can complete at their own pace. The course objectives are:
- Understand the requirement of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Follow the 5 key principles of the Act
- Identify a patient in need of a mental capacity assessment
- Carry out the 5 step capacity assessment
- Make a decision in the best interests of the patient
Included in this course is the CODE Module (M 289) an explanation of the Mental Capacity Act and the MCA Assessment Form and Procedure (M 289A). There is also other important Mental Capacity Act advice and guidance documents included. The student has three weeks to complete the course from the time it is started. The certificate can be downloaded at any time.
The course provides three hours of CPD and one certificate.
Development outcomes: This CPD course meets the criteria for the GDC’s development outcome A.