This awareness course is designed to support delegates to understand the key rules and procedures of the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 and how this relates to their working practices. It provides an introduction as to the application of the Act with their roles and allows attendees to demonstrate their understanding with case studies and group work.

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. Ideally for all care staff who may come into contact with persons who lack capacity so that they may have an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and how this applies in practice.

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


To ensure that care staff understands their role in protecting service users and others who may lack capacity. That staff will have an awareness of their roles and responsibilities in relation to implementation of the required policies and procedures of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Course By the end of the session participants will be able to: • understand the importance of the MCA and who it helps • process the the Act’s core principles • know how to assess capacity to make decisions • list ways to make decisions in a person’s best interests • help people plan for the future • grasp DoLS (Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards) – now and in the future • 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

  • Registration and introduction to course.
  • What is mental Capacity and whom does the Act affect?
  • Studying the legislation • Definitions. • What does the Act cover and what it does not cover. • The guiding principles of the MCA.
  • Practical applications • Assessing Capacity – who may assess and how to assess. • Challenging an assessment. • The Best Interests test and making a best interest decision if people lack capacity.
  • Depreivation of Liberty • How MCA relates to the use of restraint and the law. • The Role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate. • Information regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney. • Advance Decisions.
  • Rights and Responsibilities • Recognise the offences of ill treatment and wilful neglect. • The role of the Court of Protection and The Public Guardian.
  • Practical scenarios to recap points.
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 Elexxer Healthcare Academy certificate


Approximately 1 Day. 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.