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Best Interest Assessor Training Short Course

Best Interest Assessor Training Short Course
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 participants to understand the key skills, knowledge and values underpinning the role of the Best Interest Assessor (BIA). 

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.

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.

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Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Level:

Postgraduate

Study Mode:

None

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Part-time: Teaching over a 5 or 6 days and includes workshops (36 hours contact time); one further day for assessed work.

School:

School of Social Work

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

October and March

Entry Requirements:

Candidates will usually be nominated by their employers, however, we also accept applications from independent practitioners who meet the entry requirements.

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 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
  • 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.

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 lead and Team Manager, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Team, Lancashire County Council.


Course Content

Course Outline:

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 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; 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.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will be able to access module content and supplementary learning materials via Blackboard. The learning will take place in the classroom and a range of teaching/learning strategies will be utilised in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Workshops will be used to present theoretical concepts; case-studies, group work and reflections on practice will be utilised to build on knowledge gained through lectures.

The module will be assessed by:

Law exam (1 hour online) and portfolio of reflection and case analysis (3500 words)

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

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 participants to understand the key skills, knowledge and values underpinning the role of the Best Interest Assessor (BIA)

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.

Industry links & professional accreditation

This course will form part of the CPD standards for the HCPC for social workers and OTs; for nurses undertaking the course will ensure compliance with elements of the NMC's Post-registration education and practice.

Work experience and international opportunities

For further advice about work experience and international opportunities please speak to the module tutor.

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.

Testimonials

UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read some of the recent feedback from participants about what went well:

“Really clear information and lots of opportunities to double check understanding and get clarification. A 'top day' all round”

“Increased confidence; Less anxiety; More 'realistic' about the actual practicalities of doing BIA”

“Anita is excellent; Very knowledgeable and explains things well and reassuring”

Progression Routes

You may wish to build on your successful completion of this module and consider other CPD courses and training. You can use the 20 credits from this Post-graduate course as a contribution towards a selection of post graduate awards. For further information about the School of Social Work Centre for CPD please contact:

Phil O’Hare

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.  £575 per module

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.

Please also use the online guidance.

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.

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United Kingdom

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