A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.
Short Course / CPD
Part-time: Teaching over 5 or 6 days and includes workshops (36 hours contact time); one further day for assessed work.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
October, February or July and Bespoke options available
A person is eligible to carry out a best interests assessment if:
• They are either:
- A social worker registered with the Health Care Professions Council or
- A first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 or
- An occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 or
- A chartered psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society
• They are not suspended from the register or list relevant to the person's profession and
• They have at least two years post-registration experience in that profession.
• They can demonstrate knowledge and experience of working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Additional Requirements: The application form must include a statement regarding your current understanding and use of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reasons for applying for this module. Candidates should ideally also indicate knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983/2007.
The curriculum reflects introduction via the Mental Health Act 2007 of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards into the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These safeguards provide a legal framework to protect the rights and liberties of people who lack the capacity to consent to the care or treatment they need where this care or treatment could amount to a deprivation of their liberty.
The training staff include:
Doug Feery: Barrister. Well known for his work in Mental Health, Public Law and Human Rights Law area. He delivers training on the Mental Health Act and also works in an advisory and consultative capacity with a range of local authorities nationally, notably with regard to their compliance with equality legislation and national policy.
Anita Lindon: MCA Co-ordinator and Best Interest Assessor, Lancashire County Council.
Stuart Parsons: Chief Executive & Independent Mental Capacity Advocate, Wigan Family Welfare.
20 Credit Module at Level 7
The Mental Health Act 2007 introduced deprivation of liberty safeguards into the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These safeguards provide a legal framework to protect the rights and liberties of people who lack the capacity to consent to the care or treatment they need where this care or treatment could amount to a deprivation of their liberty. The module is targeted at practitioners who wish to undertake the role as a BIA accredited by the Secretary of State.
Relevant policy and legislation for example Mental Capacity Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998 and Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the 2007 Act; relevant case law; roles and responsibilities of the BIA, Independent Mental Capacity Advocate and Mental Health Assessors; The College of Social Work standards for BIA practice; models of mental capacity and the impact of incapacity on service users, carers and families; Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards procedures, including the six assessments. Risk issues, assessment and management within the context of mental capacity; range of relevant research.
Law exam (1 hour) and portfolio of reflection and case analysis (3500 words)
On successful completion of the training and assessment participants will receive an official University transcript confirming they have passed the module. At this stage they will be eligible and available to supervisory bodies to undertake the BIA role.
“Increased confidence; Less anxiety; More 'realistic' about the actual practicalities of doing BIA”
“Anita is excellent; Very knowledgeable and explains things well and reassuring”
BIA Refresher Training:
We also provide 1 day BIA Refresher Training throughout the year. For more information please view our informative poster (.pdf)
For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.
Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361
This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.