Assessing Mental Capacity - A Practical Guide
This live broadcast session will consider the legal framework for assessing mental capacity.
Assessments may need to be undertaken for a range of different decisions, such as what to wear or eat, through to more serious or complex decisions, about, for example, where to live, whether to have surgery or how to manage finances or property.
In order to gain protection from legal liability, all decision-makers must undertake a proper capacity assessment as governed by the framework set out in the Mental Capacity Act. In addition, they must have regard to the Code of Practice and consider the vast amount of case law that has been published.
This live session will cover the essential elements of the mental capacity assessment process and will assist practitioners to have a clear understanding of the legal framework and the principles and procedures to apply.
What You Will Learn
This live broadcast session will cover the following:
- The statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act and how they apply to assessments
- How to approach the mental capacity assessment
- The functional and diagnostic tests
- What does the law say about fluctuating capacity
- Recent case law on assessing capacity
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.