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.
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.
Induction Presentation / Enrolment and University Library Services
Historical Context and the Implications of the MCA (2005)
DOLS, An Overview / Interface between DOLS and HRA Pt. 1
Interface between DOLS and HRA Pt. 2
The DOLS Forms
The Portfolio (Proformas Construction for Practice)
Complex BI Assessments
Group Tutorial / Assignment Workshop (AM)
You will be eligible to act as a Best Interests Assessor under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
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.
What skills will you gain?
If successful, you will be eligible to act as a Best Interests Assessor under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. You will have the opportunity to develop enhanced understanding of practice under the Mental Capacity Act (2005).
What our students say
I found the tutors to be extremely helpful and supportive throughout the course and they tackled some really complex case law and legislation. I have really enjoyed the course.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Developing Capability as a Best Interests Assessor
Wolverhampton City Campus
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
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
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# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study
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.
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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.