A Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005
E-learning course about The MCA 2005, who it covers and what the responsibilities are.
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 assessment and will receive a certificate if successful. (Any certificates from an official awarding body are sent to you in hardcopy format).
Chapter 1: 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.
Chapter 2: 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.
Chapter 3: 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 then 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.
Chapter 4: 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.
Chapter 5: 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.
Chapter 6: 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 - sorry for the abbreviations, but its easier on the typing finger!
Chapter 7: 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.