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Mental Health Law

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Normally mental health patients lose the power of making their own decisions by themselves. So several acts were made to protect the rights of the people suffering from mental disorders to ensure their best interest. The laws have been devised to ensure their safety and well being. The Mental Health Law course is just the course you need if you are a healthcare professional or looking for relevant knowledge on the mental health acts created by the legislation.

This course is ideal for those who are responsible for caring for vulnerable adults, such as adult support workers and mental health nurses and people in charge of taking care of such patients. You will get complete insights into the Mental capacity Act(MCA) of 2005. The act aims to protect people unable to make their own decision. Explore the criteria when the law can be practiced.

The law also makes legal arrangements for taking the best decision for the patient on his behalf. The course goes into details how the  Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) procedure is practiced by health care professionals. Whether you’re looking to fast track your career or make best interest decisions for a vulnerable adult under your care, this will be the right course for you.

  • Accredited, quality CPD training
  • Instant e-certificate and hard copy dispatch by next working day
  • Fully online, interactive course with audio voiceover
  • Self-paced learning accessible via laptop, tablet and smartphone
  • 24/7 Learning assistance and tutor support
  • Discounts on bulk purchases

Sneak Peek

Who should take the course

This comprehensive course is ideal for professionals who work within the social care or health care sector, such as:

  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Registered Mental Health nurse
  • Adult Support Worker
  • Relevant Person’s Representative


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:

  • Assess capacity in a patient for care and support needs
  • Identify the key elements of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Fast track their career in the health or social care sector
  • Understand the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Learn the proper definition of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS)
  • Know how to assess mental capacity in individuals as a healthcare professional
  • Learn how to support someone lacking capacity and protect their best interests
  • Know when and how to apply for DoLS authorisation
  • Broaden your knowledge of the role of the Court of Protection and court-appointed deputies
  • Understand the implications of DOLS for both the service user and service provider
  • Deepen your understanding of the supporting framework for mental health care provision


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.


All of our courses are fully accredited. The content of the Mental Health Law course is certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to the continuous professional development principles. This course provides you with up-to-date skills and knowledge and helps you to become more competent and effective in your chosen field.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to the Mental Capacity 
  • The Mental Capacity Act of 2005
  • Changes that the MCA Will Introduce 
  • The Code of Practice for the MCA
  • The Five Principles of MCA 

» Presumption of Capacity

» Supported Decision-Making

» Unwise Decisions

» Best Interests

» The Least Restrictive Option

  • Summary
  • Assessment
  • The MCA and The Mental Health Act 1983/2007 
  • The MCA and Assessment Processes Across Health and Social Care 
  • The MCA and State Benefit Appointees 
  • The MCA and Human Tissue Act 2004 
  • The MCA and Children and Young People
  • The MCA and Other Acts
  • Summary
  • Assessment
  • What Is the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Procedure?
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Code of Practice 
  • Best Interest Principles 

» Presumption of Capacity

» Right to Be Supported to Make Your Own Decisions

» Right to Make Eccentric or Unwise Decisions

» Best Interests

» Least Restrictive Intervention

  • Basic Principles of DOLS 
  • Responsibility for Applying the Safeguards

» When Should an Application be Made?

» Is It a Restriction of Liberty or a Deprivation?

  • Summary
  • Assessment
  • Use of the MCA and DoLS in a Pandemic
  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 
  • Best Interest Decisions 
  • Delivering Life-Saving Treatment 
  • Depriving a Person of their Liberty 
  • Hospitals and Care Homes 
  • Supervisory Bodies 
  • Emergency Public Health Powers 
  • Summary
  • Assessment
  • Mental Health Act
  • Advice for Carers and Families
  • Who Decides that Someone should be Detained?
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • What Does the Term ‘Being Sectioned’ Mean?
  • Appealing Against Being Detained
  • Consent to Treatment
  • “Section 17 Leave”
  • Community Treatment Order
  • The SOAD Service
  • Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)
  • Mental Health Act During the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Summary
  •  Introduction to the Liberty Protection Safeguards
  •  Why Are the Liberty Protection Safeguards Being Introduced?
  •  Difference Between the Liberty Protection Safeguards and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  •  Liberty Protection Safeguards to replace DoLS
  • Factors of the LPS

» Applications Made by People Aged Over 16

» Responsible Bodies

» Applicable to People in Private and Domestic Settings

» The Pre-Authorisation Review

» Objections and the Role of AMCP

» Care Home Arrangements

» Right to Information

  •  Interim and Emergency Deprivation of Liberty
  •  Duration of the Authorisation
  •  Conditions and Renewals
  •  Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  •  Rights of Legal Challenge
  •  Summary


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