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Consent & the Mental Capacity Act

Aim: To understand the principle of valid consent and the 2005 Mental Capacity Act including Deprivation of Liberty.

Duration: ½ day course

Ratio: 1 instructor to 8 candidates

Learning outcomes:

  • The meaning of Consent
  • Principles of Mental Capacity Act and associated assessments
  • What constitutes valid Consent?
  • Key components (time, cognition and information)
  • Legislation and case law
  • Professional ethics and moral dilemmas
  • Case studies covering the following issues:
    • Emergency treatment when a person lacks capacity
    • Acting in the best interest of a patient
  • Parental responsibility for children and children’s Consent
  • Local policy and practice for obtaining Consent
  • Principles of MCA and associated assessments
  • Roles in relation to Deprivation of Liberty

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