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Mental Health Care Training - MCA & DOLS

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The Mental Health Care Training – MCA & DOLS course is an accredited training program for healthcare and social care professionals, equipping them with the skills and practical knowledge to protect the welfare and rights of individuals who lack mental capacity.  It includes step-by-step training and guidance for assessing mental capacity and essential information on best-interest decision-making.

Through this course, learners will gain an in-depth understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other key legislation, learning how it impacts both patients and mental health care staff. It also provides up-to-date information on developments in MCA assessment and the DoLS legal framework.

You will learn who exactly is affected by this legislation, how to safeguard individuals who lack capacity from neglect and abuse, the difference between the liberty protection safeguards and the deprivation of liberty safeguards, plus much more. By the end of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of your legal responsibilities, as well as how to make an application if an individual is being deprived of their liberty.

  • Accredited by CPD
  • Instant e-certificate and hard copy dispatch by next working day
  • Fully online, interactive course with audio voiceover
  • Developed by qualified professionals
  • Self-paced learning and laptop, tablet, smartphone-friendly
  • 24/7 Learning Assistance
  • Discounts on bulk purchases

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Who should take the course

This MCA training course is ideal for anyone who aspires to work in or currently works in the health care sector, which includes:

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Mental Health Care Assistant
  • Mental Health Support worker
  • Dementia Care Assistant
  • Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner


Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you will immediately be sent a digital certificate. Also, you can have your printed certificate delivered by post (shipping cost £3.99). All of our courses are fully accredited, providing you with up-to-date skills and knowledge and helping you to become more competent and effective in your chosen field. Our certifications have no expiry dates, although we do recommend that you renew them every 12 months.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of The Mental Capacity Act of 2005 and its key principles
  • Assess mental capacity and functionality in individuals
  • Make decisions based on the patient’s best interests
  • Protect and empower people who lack capacity to make decisions on their treatment
  • Discuss in detail the public bodies and services created by the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understand the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Procedure and basic principles of DoLS
  • Safeguard patients to protect them from abuse and neglect within the healthcare system
  • Understand the use of MCA and DoLS in a pandemic


At the end of the course, there will be an online assessment, which you will need to pass to complete the course. Answers are marked instantly and automatically, allowing you to know straight away whether you have passed. If you haven’t, there’s no limit on the number of times you can take the final exam. All this is included in the one-time fee you paid for the course itself.

Course Curriculum

In module one, we will take an in-depth look at the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its key FIVE principles, as well as the code of practice for the MCA.

In module two, we will explore the process for assessing capacity, with step-by-step guidance on how to challenge the result of an assessment of capacity.

In module three, we will familiarise with the best interest decision-making guide and common disputes regarding best interest. It covers the Balance sheet principle, Least Restrictive Principle and factors that need to be taken into consideration.

In module four, we will learn what happens when treatment is refused and what powers the Lasting Powers of Attorney have. It also explores the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate.

In module five, we will take a look at safeguarding procedures in mental health care and ways to protect people from neglect who lack the capacity to make decisions on their treatment.

In module six, we will learn about confidentiality and record-keeping best practice in mental health care, and how to protect the privacy of patients who lack mental capacity.

In module seven, we will gain an in-depth understanding of the Court of Protection and Deputies, covering key topics such as Mental Capacity tribunals, The Public Guardian, and Mediation.

In module eight, we will explore the different legislation regarding MCA, including The MCA and Human Tissue Act 2004, and The MCA and Assessment Processes Across Health and Social Care.

In module nine, we will familiarise with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Procedure and best interest principles. It covers responsibility for applying the safeguards and how to know when an application should be made.

In module ten, we will learn about the authorisation of deprivation of liberty, with essential information on timescale of assessment, right to advocacy, and temporary changes in mental capacity.

In module eleven, we will explore codes of practice in mental health care, with step-by-step training in safeguarding from abuse and neglect. It also covers the role of regulatory bodies and Coroner duties.

In module twelve, we will explore the use of MCA and DoLS in a pandemic, including essential information on COVID-19.  It covers fundamental topics such as delivering life-saving treatment, hospitals and care homes, and emergency public health powers.

In module thirteen, we will deepen our knowledge of the Liberty Protection Safeguards and how they differ to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. It covers duration of the authorisation, conditions and renewals, and rights of legal challenge.

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