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Best Interest Assessor Cert

Best Interest Assessor Cert
The Best Interest Assessor course has been designed to enhance the professional development of qualified social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists. This course enables practitioner learners to understand the key skills, knowledge and values underpinning the role of the Best Interest Assessor (BIA)

The curriculum for the Certificate reflects introduction via the Mental Health Act 2007 of the deprivation of liberty safeguards into the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These safeguards will 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.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Cert

Level:

Postgraduate

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Part-time: Teaching over a five day block includes lectures and seminars (30 hours contact time); three further days - one for observational talks and two for assessment.

School:

School of Social Work

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

September and January

Entry Requirements:
Candidates will need to be nominated by their employers.

A person is eligible to carry out a best interests assessment if they are either:

  • An approved mental health professional or
  • A social worker registered with the General Social Care 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
  • Is not suspended from the register or list relevant to the person's profession and
  • Has at least two years post-registration experience in that profession.
DBS Checks:

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Programme Spec:

To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The Mental Health Act 2007 introduced deprivation of liberty safeguards into the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These safeguards will 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 Best Interest Assessor 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; roles and responsibilities of the BIA, Independent Mental Capacity Advocate and Mental Health Assessors; models of mental capacity and the impact of incapacity on service users, carers and families; Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards procedures, including the six assessments. Progressive degenerative disorders e.g. dementia, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, brain injury; social models of disability; risk issues, assessment and management within the context of mental capacity; personalisation and person-centred planning; range of relevant research.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will be able to access eLearn and some of the module content will be provided by e-learning. Most of the learning will take place in the classroom and the work place. A range of teaching/learning strategies will be utilised in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Key lectures will be used to present theoretical concepts. Case-studies, group work, reflections on practice/placement and tutorials will be utilised to build on knowledge gained through key lectures. Supplementary module material will be available through eLearn. Agencies will provide an observational experience within the local area.

Exam, presentation and case study.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

General Social Care Council for social workers; for nurses undertaking the course will ensure compliance with elements of the NMC's Post-registration education and practice.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range on businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and UCLan’s Careers Service can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The Cert (BIA) is aimed at qualified social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and mental health nurses who have been nominated by the Local Authority to undertake the training for the role of Best Interest Assessor. This is part of an on-going post-qualification professional development.

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Fees & Funding

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages. The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course will be: TBC

How to Apply

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.

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.

Candidates need to be mental health professionals in employment and nominated and funded by the Local Authority.

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Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk