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A Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005


E-learning course about The MCA 2005, who it covers and what the responsibilities are.

A Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005



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A Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005

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Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

Retakes: Unlimited


This course looks at the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and examines, amongst others, such topics as: what is the MCA and who does it cover; statutory procedures within the Act; decision making and how to decide what is in a person's best interests.

Candidates will undertake an online multiple-choice assessment and will receive a certificate if successful (any certificates from an official awarding body are sent to you via email).

Course Syllabus

  • Setting the Scene

    This first chapter sets the scene for the course and then goes on to explain the reasoning and meaning behind the Act.

  • Values and Decision Making

    This chapter demonstrates the values that underpin the Act and shows how to support people to make decisions for themselves and, when that is not possible, how to play as big a role as possible in their own decision making.

  • Two Stage Test Assessments

    In this chapter, we discuss how to use a two-stage test when assessing someone's capacity to make decisions for themselves at a specific time. We ten go on to explore what needs to be taken into account when determining what is in the best interests of an individual person with dementia.

  • Legal Protection

    This chapter highlights what people providing care or treatment need to do to be legally protected under the Act. It then goes on to describe the roles of attorneys and the Court of Protection.

  • Advance Decisions, IMCA and Research

    This chapter first looks at how advance decisions to refuse treatment can be made in advance for a time when the person in question may not have capacity to make such decisions at a time in the future. It then goes on to describe the new Mental Capacity Advocate Service (IMCA) and finally explores how the Act affects research projects.

  • Children and Young People

    In this penultimate chapter, we look at how the Act affects children and young people and then go on to examine the difference between the MCA and the MHA.

  • Protections, Disagreements & Accessing Information

    Yes, we've at last arrived at the last chapter. Congratulations for getting this far! The finale of this course comes in the form of a trio of subjects: how people who lack capacity to make decisions are protected; how to settle disagreements and disputes about issues covered in the Act; and finally, how access to information works within the Act.

Obtaining your certificate

You will need to pass a multiple-choice exam at the end of the course in order to gain your accreditation. Once passed, we will send your official certificate by email.

A Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005

E-learning course about The MCA 2005, who it covers and what the responsibilities are.



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