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Mental Capacity Act

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
2 to 3 hours
towards your CPD
This course has been updated in line with the Care Act 2014

The Mental Capacity Act is intended to assist and support people who may lack capacity and to discourage anyone who is involved in caring for someone who lacks capacity from being overly restrictive or controlling. The Act also aims to balance an individual's right to be protected from harm if they lack capacity to make decisions to protect themselves. This course aims to help care workers look at how the Act will affect them and to help them to develop best practice to include in the new legislation.

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • List and understand the basic principles of the Act and why we need them
  • Identify how people make decisions and the decisions that they need to make
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to assess/judge if someone has the capacity to make a particular decision
  • Show that they understand how to make a 'best interests' decision for someone who lacks capacity
  • Apply the above to their place of work
  • List the other key features of the Act
  • Identify where they may need to adapt the way that they document assessments and decisions made on behalf of service users

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and Learning objectives
  • Legislation and Codes of Practice
  • Understand and Assessing Capacity
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • You and Your Organisation

Target Audience

This course is aimed at care sector workers, particularly those working with vulnerable adults.


It is estimated that this module will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

I think it is useful to be able to revisit modules and also that there was no time limit set so there was no need to panic
SA 17/07/2015
It will assist our staff to undertake the module in house within a decent amount of time rather than undertake 4 months of distance learning to achieve the same outcome
NM 15/06/2015
It was a very easy system to understand and the modules were informative without being complicated or to in-depth
HE 05/06/2015
I thought that it was all relevant knowledge in relation to my work setting
KC 06/05/2015
The use of pictures which lead to more information, questions being asked along the way make you think more about what you are reading and helps take it in better
LC 30/03/2015
Well structured and easy to navigate. Step by step learning helps in understanding the course material
HM 29/03/2015
The Module helped me to gain further knowledge and skills with in the Mental Capacity Act.
BT 12/02/2015
It was easy to understand and see your progress
JP 05/02/2015
Very interesting and more complex than I thought. Now much better equipped when presented with situations
CR 09/12/2014
If you can't complete straight away you can return and review before completing the course
BM 24/12/2013
I liked the visual information, this made the learning much easier
LV 09/12/2013
I thought it was straight forward and the format was quite easy to understand
PH 11/11/2013

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 2 to 3 hours.

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