Invitation to participate in an evaluated programme of training

Project title: Realising the Ideal Service: An evaluation of the impact of Mental Capacity Act 2005 Champions Training for Westminster City and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear colleague

We would like to invite you to take part in an evaluated programme of training.  

This Participant Information Document is important because it explains the purpose of the programme. Before you decide if you would like to take part, you need to understand why the study is being done and what it will involve for you.  Please take time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish.  There are also contact details for the chief investigator at the end of this document, if you have any questions.

Part 1 tells you the purpose of this study and what will happen to you if you take part in it.  Part 2 gives you more detailed information about the conduct of the study.  


What the study is about

Westminster City and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (WCC, RBKC) have asked Andrew Alonzi Limited (AAL) to carry out this important project.  The project will help WCC and RBKC to understand the impact of the programme of Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) Champions training offered to senior staff.   

Your views are very important to WCC and RBKC because they will help them to understand which aspects of training have been most useful to you.  This will allow WCC and RBKC to better evaluate the impact of training.

It will also help us to develop a Toolkit to help you comply with your duties under the MCA 2005 more easily.


The funders of the project are WCC and RBKC.  The chief investigator and your point of contact is Andrew Alonzi of AAL, whose contact details appear at the end of this document.

The potential benefits of the study

The impact of the MCA 2005 is far reaching.  The study is an opportunity for you to tell us about the impact of your MCA 2005 Champions training and the things you might need to in order make the application of the MCA 2005 more effective in daily professional practice.  Your views will also help to develop a Toolkit.

Voluntary nature of your involvement

You have been invited to take part in this study because you are receiving MCA 2005 Champions training.

Your participation is entirely voluntary.  If you decide to take part, we will ask you to sign a consent form.  We will also be available to answer any further questions you may have before you do.

You may decide not to participate in the study, to participate in only part of it (for example, just the small group session survey or the focus group interview) or may withdraw your participation at any time. If you decide not to participate, or to withdraw, please be assured that this does not affect your legal and employment rights.

What will happen during the small group session survey?

You will be invited to complete a short survey about the impact of the training you have received, on your daily professional practice. This should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and there will be time during the small group session to do this.

What will happen during the focus group interview?

Focus group (60 minutes)

We will facilitate a focus group discussion with up to 8 available members of staff about their experience of using the training in practice.  The focus group will last for no more than 60 minutes. 

The focus group will be audio-recorded to make transcription and analysis of the discussion easier, but this recording will be destroyed as soon as it has been transcribed.

We will not record any of your personal details such as your name or the names of people you work with.  Instead, we will use pseudonyms so that you, and people and places to which you refer, cannot be identified (e.g. we will use labels such as: ‘participant A’, ‘care home B’, ‘place name’ ‘partner’, ‘relative’).

What will happen at the end of the study?

At the end of the study, we will analyse data obtained.  The analysis will be included in a report to WCC and RBKC, but it will not be possible to identify you or your service from the report.

Will I be given feedback on the outcomes of the study?

Yes.  We will provide you with a summary of the outcomes of the study.  

Data storage

All data obtained will be held for the purpose of this study only.  There is more information about data protection in Part 2.

The focus group transcript will be saved electronically as an encrypted file. It will not be possible to identify you, your staff or the people you care for from the transcript. 

Consent forms will be securely achieved in a locked filing cabinet at WCC’s offices, to which only the chief investigator will have access.

All material (such as the transcript and consent forms) will be kept 6 months after the end of the project (until November 2020) and will then be destroyed. 

If the information in Part 1 has interested you and you are considering participation, please read the additional information in Part 2 (below) before making a decision.


Confidentiality and data protection

Your participation in this study will be kept strictly confidential.  Information you provide (for example, through the focus group interview) will be handled in confidence.  It will also be anonymised, which means that any responses you give cannot be linked to your name.  It will not be possible to identify you, your colleagues or users of your service from the transcript or the reports we produce for WCC and RBKC.

The data collected will only be used for this study and will be securely destroyed as indicated above. 

Everything you say / report is confidential unless you tell us something that indicates you or someone else is at risk of harm.  However, we would discuss this with you first, before telling anyone else. 

Reports, outputs and publications

The results of the study will be included in our final report to WCC and RBKC.  It will not be possible to identify you or your service in the report.  As mentioned above, the results will help us to build a Toolkit to help you comply with the MCA 2005. 

The overall findings in the report may be published on the WCC and / or RBKC website after the end of the project (May 2020).   

How do I take part? 

If you decide that you would like to take part in the study, please let Andrew Alonzi know either during training, or via mobile, email or the contact button below:

Telephone: 07515 118174