Best Interest Assessments in Practice

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Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to carry out Best Interests Assessments within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Explore how the law and guidance should be delivered in practice with experienced assessors. Graduate ready to practise as an approved Best Interests Assessor under DoLS.

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Overview

The course was originally endorsed by the College of Social Work and applauded for its very strong practice focus. Not only does the course ensure practitioners have an understanding of the law and case law developments, but also, and essentially, how to deliver best practice.

You will refresh your knowledge of the five Mental Capacity Act principles, before looking in detail at the impact of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and subsequent case law developments. You will explore how the law and guidance should be delivered in practice with Stephen Mordue (Senior Lecturer in Social Work) and an experienced Best Interests Assessor currently in practice.

Why us?

  • This course was originally endorsed by the College of Social Work and applauded for its very strong practice focus

  • You will work with an experienced Best Interests Assessor currently in practice

Course structure

  • Half day induction
  • Five teaching days (two blocks of two days and one single day) spread out over about eight weeks
  • 2000 word assignment and a portfolio of evidence
     

The teaching will be a range of Canvas, group work, case studies and handouts.

You will be required to complete a reflective analysis of practice within a supervised assessment.

Topics covered include:

  • Mental Capacity Act principles
  • Impact of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and subsequent case law developments
  • How the law and guidance should be delivered in practise
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Facilities

This course will take place at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's – our impressive riverside campus within easy reach of both the city and Sunderland’s miles of beautiful beaches.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be either:

  • A social worker registered with the Health Care Professions Council
  • 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
  • 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

You need to have two years post qualifying experience and be able to demonstrate application of The Mental Capacity Act principles in practice.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £795.

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Upon successful completion of the course, you will have a University Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Best Interests Assessment in Practice, which will allow you to practice as a Best Interest Assessor under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

This programme is a key qualification needed for anyone wanting to become an advanced practitioner or operate in an advanced practice role.