Icon of a head showing cogs turning inside, subtitle "Mental Capacity Act"

The Mental Capacity Act

1hr 10mins Verifiable CPD, 3 Modules, 9 Learning Resources

Course Summary

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to people aged 16 and over.

The MCA has been in force since 2007 and applies to England and Wales. The primary purpose of the MCA is to promote and safeguard decision-making within a legal framework. 

This course is recommended for all members of the dental practice and is a collection of reading and video learning resources from the NHS and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. It is designed to help members of the practice be aware of Adult Safeguarding with regards to the MCA.

Learning Content

An overview of the Mental Care Act

Aims & Objectives

  • To know and understand the Act’s five statutory principles
  • To understand that good professional training is key to empower those in health care to assess the capacity
  • To understand how mental capacity is assessed

Development Outcomes

A. Effective communication with patients, the dental team, and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk

D. Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first


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