Independent Learning Activities


Welcome to the Mental Capacity Act Pathway Independent Learning Activities page for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster City staff.  Below, you will find your activities as well as instructions about how to send your completed work to your learning support tutor (LST).  

Each activity has associated podcasts, which are relevant to the activity.  Please feel free to listen to these to help you, before you complete the activity. 

If you have any questions about your activity, how to approach it or how to send it to your LST, please use the contact button at the bottom of the screen. 


Step 2 ACTIVITIES

Please prepare answers to Activities 1 and 2 below.  There are some podcasts below to help you.  

When you have prepared answers to both activities, please send them to your LST for feedback.  You can do this by email (andrew@andrewalonzi.com), or share your work using DropBox, Google Drive of DM on Twitter, either as a Word, PDF or audio file.


Activity 1

Please provide an example of how you contribute to meeting each of the five principles in the MCA 2005 in daily practice.  If you have had little or no experience of this, please outline some of the ways that the environment in which you work (for example, your team, department or organisation) contributes to these.  You can use the same example for each principle, or different examples:

  1. Assumption of capacity in adults
  2. Supporting decision-making
  3. Unwise decision
  4. Best interests
  5. Less restrictive approach

Activity 2

Reflect on Principle 2.  Briefly describe the impact upon a person who uses services if this principle is not met.


STEP 2 PODCASTS

In our first podcast, we explore the importance of assuming mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


In our second podcast we explore what it means to support decision making under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


In our third podcast we explore how you should treat unwise decisions under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


In our fourth podcast we explore how to make best interests decisions under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


In our fifth podcast we explore why it is important to consider less restrictive options under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


step 4 activities

Please prepare answers to Activities 3 and 4 below.  There are some podcasts below to help you.  

When you have prepared answers to both activities, please send them to your LST for feedback.  You can do this by email (andrew@andrewalonzi.com), or share your work using DropBox, Google Drive of DM on Twitter, either as a Word, PDF or audio file.


Activity 3

Please think of an occasion when you have supported someone to try and reach their own decision and assessed their capacity to do so.  If you have not yet carried out a capacity assessment, please request a piece of work that is likely to include a capacity assessment before you complete this step.  

  1. Please describe the information the person needed to know in order to make an informed choice and why (how did you decide which pieces of information were key and which were unnecessary?)
  2. Please explain how relevant information was presented to the person (for example, by you, by others, verbally, in writing).
  3. If you assessed that the person lacked capacity to make the decision in question, please explain how you decided it was more likely than not that they were unable to complete one of the elements of the decision-making thought process (for example, understanding, retaining or using the relevant information, or communicating their decision by any means).  If they had capacity to make the decision, please explain how you reached your conclusion.

Activity 4

Please think of an occasion when you have assessed that someone lacks capacity to make a decision about support or care you were planning to provide or arrange, and you have made a decision in their best interests.  If you have not yet been a best interests decision-maker, please request a piece of work that is likely to include the need to make a best interests decision before you complete this step.

Please complete the best interests checklist exercise, which you can download here.

  1. Please explain how you applied each aspect of the best interests checklist and
  2. Please reflect on what worked well and what you might do differently in future.

step 4 podcasts

In part one, we explore how to assess mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

In part two, we explore how to assess mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

In part one, we explore how to take a checklist approach to making best interests decisions.

In part two, we explore how to take a checklist approach to making best interests decisions.


step 6 ACTIVITY

Please prepare an answer to Activity 5 below.  

When you have prepared your answer to the activity, please send it to your LST for feedback.  You can do this by email (andrew@andrewalonzi.com), or share your work using DropBox, Google Drive or DM on Twitter, either as a Word, PDF or audio file.


Activity 5

Please outline the steps to take if you are offering someone a move to a care home.  You can use a case you’ve worked on or a fictional case.


 

Have a suggestion for a podcast on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 or the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?  Get in touch and we'll do our best to include it in one of our future podcasts.