Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Training Course

The primary purpose of the Mental Capacity Act is to promote and safeguard decision-making within a legal framework. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is the procedure prescribed in law when it is necessary to deprive of their liberty a resident or patient who lacks capacity to consent to their care and treatment in order to keep them safe from harm.

View Course details

Request a quote

    By submitting this form you agree to receive information relating to your enquiry.


    Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Training Course Overview:

    The primary purpose of the Mental Capacity Act is to promote and safeguard decision-making within a legal framework. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is the procedure prescribed in law when it is necessary to deprive of their liberty a resident or patient who lacks capacity to consent to their care and treatment in order to keep them safe from harm. This course will help delegates understand the key principles of the MCA, the factors affecting mental capacity, and how to test whether an individual can be deemed to have mental capacity. It explores the concepts of consent and “best interests." Delegates will learn when and how the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards apply and what the requirements are for DOLS to be authorised. - Please note that as of 1st October 2020, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is being replaced by a new system and will be delivered as Liberty Protection Safeguards.

    Read more

    Are you an individual? Head to our individual's section for more information.

    In-house Certification

    The course is delivered over 3 hours

    Our group training is offered for 15 attendees per trainer

    What is covered:

    The course covers the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act, the factors affecting mental capacity, and how to test whether an individual can be deemed to have mental capacity. It explores the concepts of consent and “best interests.”  Delegates will learn when and how the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards apply and what the requirements are for DOLS to be authorised. The course will also explore the new Liberty Protection Safeguards and explore key concepts relating to the new LPS system.

    Who is the course for?

    This course is aimed at those working with individuals to whom the Mental Capacity Act 2005 may apply and explores key concepts around the MCA and the new LPS system.  It is ideal and essential training for those working as key, social and care workers, and beneficial for all those who work with people with a reduced or impaired mental capacity.

    What will you achieve?

    • Understand their legal position when making decisions on behalf of others
    • Know how to decide if people have “mental capacity”
    • Identify the people who may be covered by the Mental Capacity Act
    • Understand how to act in a person’s “best interests” and what is required to gain a valid consent
    • Understand the importance of accurate record keeping
    • Know how to fulfil the “Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards”

    Request a quote:

    Want to know more? Fill out the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
    Alternatively call 01476 979183 or email us [email protected] to talk to a training advisor.

      Why Choose Able?

      • Specialists in your corner: We work with a fantastic selection of specialists including doctors nurses dietitians and psychologists to keep our courses up to date and relevant.
      • Here for you and your team — we don’t just deliver the training and move on — we work with you as your long-term partner to help you manage your training needs and navigate courses.
      • Training tailored for you: We can work with you to design a bespoke course tailored to meet the unique needs of your company.
      • Transparent Pricing: Transparent pricing means there are no hidden fees just affordable reliable training.
      • On-site training: To avoid disruption of your service onsite training can be held at a venue of your choice and at times to suit you.

      Sign up for handy training info, easy guides, helpful tips and resources.

      Can't find what you're looking for?
      We're here to help.

      Call 01476 979183 to talk to a training advisor who can help with your training needs.
      Email us [email protected]

      Get in touch