An Introduction to Mental Capacity Act and DoLS

The National Training Academy
Delivery Method: eLearning

Mental Capacity is a term that is used to describe a person’s ability to be able to make decisions for themselves and to be able to understand what those decisions will mean for them.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower those who may lack the capacity to make their own decisions about their care and/or treatment. It also sets out a range of ways by which people can plan for a time when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) ensures that people are protected if they can’t consent to their care arrangements in a care home or hospital and they are deprived of their liberty.

This this an introduction to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards online training course focuses on:

  • What is mental capacity
  • The reasons incapacity might happen
  • Legislation, including powers and bodies that underpin mental capacity
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • When a person’s liberty might be deprived
  • Urgent authorisation and assessment.


1.Mental Capacity

2.Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand what the term mental capacity means and the reasons that incapacity might happen
  2. Understand legislation, powers and bodies that underpin mental capacity
  3. Understand the prompts for a formal mental capacity assessment
  4. Understand the term deprivation of liberty and the legislation that underpins it.
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