MCA and DoLS Awareness

MCA & DoLS awareness course 

Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards awareness course



This awareness course has been designed to provide learners with an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and the implications they have for the service user and service provider. The aims of this course are to teach delegates what is meant by mental capacity and the five core principles of  the MCA. Delegates will be able to define deprivation of liberty and understand the current assessment and authorisation process.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 16 May 2019 and has now become law. The purpose of this amendment is to abolish the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and replace it with a new system called the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The government is currently working on the LPS code of practice. The intention is that LPS will be implemented soon. Please click on the link below for the Act's progress

The current situation is that there will be a an overlap, with the LPS and the DoLS being used simultaneously  to enable those subject to DoLS to be transferred to LPS in a managed way or allow their DoLS to expire at their set expiry date subject of course to any change in the person’s circumstances that would mean it needs to be ended earlier. This course will provide infromation about the current system of DoLS and also about key points of the incoming LPS system which will replace it.




2 to 2.5   hours (depending on group size)..

Course content


  • The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005
  • The Purpose of the MCA
  • Meaning of mental capacity
  • When to Assess mental capacity?
  • Assessment of Capacity
  • The 5 Underpinning Principles of Assessment
  • Best Interest Decisions
  • Carer Liability
  • Recording Your Practice
  • The MCA Code of Practice
  • Advance Decisions
  • Decision making process documentation
  • MCA and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards  (DoLS)
  • Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) 2019
  • What is a Deprivation of Liberty?
  • DoLS - Bournewood Case
  • Purpose of DoLS
  • Who Does it Apply To?
  • Lawful Deprivation of Liberty
  • Deprivation of Liberty Assessment process
  • The 2014 Supreme Court Acid Test judgement​
  • The Managing Authority
  • The Supervisory Body
  • Standard Authorisation
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates
  • Urgent Authorisation
  • DoLS Code of Practice Aims
  • Suspicion of Deprivation of Liberty
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)
  • Key differences bewteen DoLS and LPS
  • Implementation schedule and current LPS progress 





Please contact MEDISAFE TRAINING  today on   0121 769 2827 for a very competitive unbeatable quote. The course price includes course handouts and certification for each delegate.




Assessment is ongoing by the instructor.




A certificate of attendance from MEDISAFE TRAINING will be emailed within 48 hours to the lead person subject to successful completion of the course by the delegate. Hard copy certificates can be provided at additional cost per certificate.


Important Information


Please note that the candidates should have satisfactory English literacy and numeracy skills to understand the course and to complete any assessments.


  • The training room should be quiet and of appropriate size.
  • Staff should be off work and not expected to be on duty.
  • Staff attending should remain on the course for the entire duration of the training course.
MCA and DoLS Awareness training course