Mental Capacity Act



This course has been developed in line with the new Mental Capacity Act 2016 which radically changed the way mental healthcare is dealt with. It aims to raise the awareness of the new rights and responsibilities created by the legislation

Who is this course for?

The Mental Capacity Act is intended to assist and support people who may lack capacity and to discourage anyone who is involved in caring for someone who lacks capacity from being overly restrictive or controlling. The Act also aims to balance an individual’s right to be protected from harm if they lack capacity to make decisions to protect themselves. This course aims to help front line service and care providers through to care workers look at how the Act will affect them and to help them to develop best practice to include in the new legislation. This one day course is ideal for organisations such as, Voluntary services, Housing and Benefit staff, Support staff within the health/social care services, Schools and businesses, Citizen Advice and Advocacy staff. This course is aimed at care sector and other front line healthcare workers, particularly those working with vulnerable adults, such as dementia patients.

Course Summary

  • What is the background to the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016?
  • What are the main reasons for its introduction and the issues it seeks to address
  • What is the difference between it and previous Mental health legislation?
  • Who and which organisations will be affected by the new legislation?
  • What are the bacis principles of the Act and what do they seek to achieve?
  • Decision making and Capacity – Who Decides?
  • Practical Implications and current guidelines – Making ‘best interests’ decisions for others. Legal Issues and
  • Remedies – Keeping Yourself Right.
  • Relevant issues to the group


By the end of the session participants will be able to: • List and understand the basic principles of the Act and why we need them • Identify how people make decisions and the decisions that they need to make • Demonstrate knowledge of how to assess/judge if someone has the capacity to make a particular decision • Show that they understand how to make a ‘best interests’ decision for someone who lacks capacity • Apply the above to their place of work • List the other key features of the Act • Identify where they may need to adapt the way that they document assessments and decisions made on behalf of service users.  

Course Plan

By the end of the session participants will be able to: • Welcome and Learning objectives • Legislation and Codes of Practice • Understand and Assessing Capacity • Roles and Responsibilities • You and Your Organisation


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate


Approximately 3- 4hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.