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Understanding the interface between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983

Monday 22 Feb 2021


This virtual masterclass will examine the key overlapping provisions of both the MCA 2005 and the MHA 1983 which apply to the deprivation of liberty in individuals in acute and mental health hospitals and in the community. Facilitator Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. This course will enable relevant professionals in acute hospitals, mental health hospitals and involved in care planning for individuals in the community to navigate the sometimes complex interface between the two pieces of legislation, to reach defensible decisions and to identify how and where to resolve disagreements.

“Acute trusts need to improve staff education and governance of the Mental Health Act Staff in acute hospitals were often not clear about the legal process for detaining someone in hospital. When they were detaining a person under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), staff were often unclear about roles and responsibilities between acute and mental health trusts. More generally, staff in acute hospitals lacked knowledge about the MHA and how it worked. We also found that there was confusion around the MHA and Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and when to use which piece of legislation and associated guidance.”

Care Quality Commission 2020

Facilitated by:

Alex Ruck Keene

Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers, Writer and Educator

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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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.

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Fee Options

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(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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