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• Introduction, terminology, learning outcomes & benchmarking • An overview of the Mental Capacity Act with a focus on: 1. Mental Capacity assessments 2. Best Interest decisions • Identification of when a BIM needs to be convened • Identification of the ‘decision maker’ • Consideration of who needs to attend a BIM • Identification of the information required to make a BID • Consider how information needs to be analysed to arrive at a defensible BID • The BIM process • Case law which supports various elements of BID making (including wishes and feelings, rights vs risk, disagreements, etc) • When the Court of Protection needs to be engaged • Evidencing BID’s • Consider core BID chairing and making skills (defensible practice, section 5 defences, etc)

Who is The Mental Capacity Act – Chairing Best Interest Meetings aimed at?

Any professionals who are expected to chair, convene, or oversee best-interest decision meetings.

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:-

  • Understand the statutory legal position in which BID making sits
  • Understand and use key language effectively
  • Understand and apply the key legal principles to mental capacity and BID making
  • Understand and apply knowledge of when a BID is required, who the decision maker is, who needs to attend these meetings, and the process
  • Understand and apply the correct BID making process including the application of critical analysis
  • Interpret relevant case law relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Be aware of the role and jurisdiction of the Court of Protection
  • Accurately record BIDs from BIMs
  • Apply key skills necessary to make effective BIDs


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