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Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Executive Capacity

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Course Types
This is a specialist course for practitioners who already have a good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and who are regularly working with complex cases and situations. This may include social workers, some O.Ts, and staff in provider services who regularly work with complex issues. Links to further reading and resources will be provided in a handbook which accompanies this course.

It will offer the opportunity to explore the distinction between decisional and executive capacity, and factors that may impact such as Acquired brain injury, substance misuse, coercive control, and trauma.  It will include consideration of some models and methods that have been used to improve understanding and assessment of executive capacity. It will explore how to work within one’s own limitations, escalate concerns where there are areas of uncertainty and seek multi agency relationships and input.
Start Date
Monday 13 June 2022
End Date
Tuesday 14 June 2022
09:30 - 13:00
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course you will be able to: 


  • Define and understand the difference between decisional capacity, executive capacity and executive functioning and dysfunction

  • Explain conditions/causes that might impact on executive capacity

  • Personalise your practice in relation to mental capacity assessments involving impaired executive functioning

  • Gain an overview of different models and methods that might assist when undertaking capacity assessments involving impaired executive functioning

  • Recognise when to seek specialist support or multi-agency engagement and when to escalate

  • Explain inherent jurisdiction and the role of the High Court

  • Locate additional learning resources relating to executive capacity

Additional information
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Target Audience
Adult Social Care Providers / Assessment Services (BHCC) / Care Homes / Care Managers / Carers / Home Care Providers / Housing Services / Learning Disability Services / Nursing Homes / Occupational Therapists / Social Workers
target audience
Course pre-requisites
You will need to come prepared to share your own experiences and work with others to explore issues, challenges, knowledge and skills.

Before taking this course please view

Frontal Lobe Paradox
Stewarts Soundbites Ep 22 - The Frontal Lobe Paradox with Professor Ingram Wright 

To further develop your thoughts you may also like to view: 

- the webinars from Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister at Essex Chambers
- Essex Chamber's Guidance Note on Assessing Capacity
- the Brighton and Hove Mental Capacity Act elearning
- A Briefing on Executive Capacity from Suffolk County Council

You may also be interested to attend the Mental Capacity Act in Practice course that runs usually twice per year on the Learning Gateway.
Zoom, online learning session
Event Trainers
Debbie Grimwood
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