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The Institute of Community and Society

Best Interests Assessor Training

Undergraduate Credit Part-time 1 year

The course aims to equip candidates to demonstrate to the relevant statutory Supervisory Bodies that they have the relevant skills, knowledge and values to act as Best Interest Assessors under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) as amended by the Mental Health Act (2007) and to carry out any other assessments related to a potential deprivation of liberty that they are eligible to conduct.

The course aims to equip candidates to demonstrate to the relevant statutory Supervisory Bodies that they have the relevant skills, knowledge and values to act as Best Interest Assessors under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) as amended by the Mental Health Act (2007) and to carry out any other assessments related to a potential deprivation of liberty that they are eligible to conduct.

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  • Start Date(s) 1 October 2020, 6 April 2020
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School The Institute of Community and Society

Why choose this course?

The course aims to equip candidates to demonstrate to the relevant statutory Supervisory Bodies that they have the relevant skills, knowledge and values to act as Best Interest Assessors under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) as amended by the Mental Health Act (2007) and to carry out any other assessments related to a potential deprivation of liberty that they are eligible to conduct.

Best Interests Assessor Agency Reference Form 2019 (Word doc 843k)

Best Interests Assessor Further information 2019 (Word doc 46k)

What happens on the course?

We will consider the broad context of legal frameworks and practising within the law, and there will be an introduction to/reminder of some key issues of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Human Rights Act (1998). We will then focus on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Practice issues will include risk assessments, complex decision-making and service user and carer perspectives.

Students will need to shadow a Best Interests Assessor undertaking Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments and compile a portfolio demonstrating capability in practice. This includes completing a report on the shadowed assessment and obtaining feedback from the relevant Supervisory Body.

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Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

If successful, the candidate will be eligible for appointment by a supervisory body (a local authority or PCT) to act as a Best Interests Assessor under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £630 per year# 2019-20

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

The course is open to the following people:

  • an approved mental health professional or
  • a social worker registered with the Health and Care Professional 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 and who
  • 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
  • All applicants will need to upload a fully completed Agency Reference form along with the application form. This will confirm that the candidate will receive the necessary support and learning opportunities to complete the course. Self-funding applicants can find a copy of the form below or request a copy of the form from the course coordinator by emailing I.Lloyd@wlv.ac.uk. Applicants whose employers are funding the course should receive a copy as part of the process of agreeing the training.
  • It is strongly recommended that before undertaking this course, students complete the stand-alone module Decision-making and interventions with adults in a legal framework

Download the agency reference form.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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01902 32 22 22

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