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The MCA and DoLS Keeping current and improving quality in Care Homes

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Half day virtual masterclass

This course will enable those with relevant responsibilities in organisations providing care in residential and domestic settings to ensure that they are abreast of the latest developments relating to the MCA and DoLS, and equipped to support their staff to deliver care complying with the Act.

This half day masterclass will look in detail at all aspects of mental capacity, best interests and deprivation of liberty. It will give very practical advice as to the legal framework as it stands, including navigating the implications of the indefinite delay to the Liberty Protection Safeguards, and the delay to the updated version of the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice.


  • Confidence in understanding the key provisions of the MCA

  • Confidence in supporting staff to apply the provisions in routine and complex cases

  • Confidence in applying DoLS at present

  • Confidence identifying responsibilities in relation to ‘community DoL’ orders

  • An understanding of what developments might be coming down the line


  • Those with responsibility for securing compliance with the MCA in organisations providing care in residential and domestic settings

  • Those with responsibility for producing policies and procedures relating to the MCA

  • Those with training responsibilities within the MCA

Note, this course is not an introductory course to the MCA.

FACILITATOR: Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice is focused on mental capacity and mental health law, in which he is able to provide specialist advice and representation, as well as delivering expert training for front line professionals.

He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Report, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area. He is the creator of the website - www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy. org.uk, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues.

Alex is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and a Research Affiliate at the Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project and throughout 2018 was legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983. In 2020, he was a specialist adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its inquiry into the human rights implications of the Government response to COVID-19, and in 2021-2 for its inquiry into human rights in care settings. 

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

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