Course content

This one-day online interactive course offers best interests assessors, mental health assessors and paid RPRs the opportunity to enhance and update their knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in a human rights context. In addition to the use of case studies to assist learning, participants will be encouraged to identify their own legal and practice issues for discussion. Amongst the areas to be considered will be the following:

  • Overview of the liberty protection safeguards
  • Update on recent case law that impacts upon the roles of BIAs, mental health assessors and RPRs;
  • Authorisation conditions and recommendations;
  • Consulting others and the importance of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Consideration of the interface between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983, particularly in hospital and in the community in the context of guardianship, community treatment orders, and conditional discharges.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you will:

  1. Have a ground overview of LPS and be able to position yourself for the new scheme;
  2. Be familiar with all the latest case law developments regarding DoLS;
  3. Have a checklist against which to measure how "good" your assessments are;
  4. Have the confidence to know when and why to set conditions and make recommendations for standard authorisations;
  5. Have developed confidence in knowing the interface with the MHA 1983 (useful for LPS purposes);
  6. Have shared practice experience and had your specific questions answered.

Delivery and Cost


Delegates are provided with a course eBook, set of slides, and any additional materials relied upon. An attendance certificate can also be provided. The courses are hosted online and delivered via Zoom which enables interactive plenary and small-group sessions to be facilitated, with further engagement achieved using Menti software. A link will be provided for participants in advance so the course can be accessed either via a webpage or the Zoom application. Zoom's enhanced security settings will be used.


Courses are available to both individuals and organisations. Individuals can book via Eventbrite, with discounts available to LPS members. Local authorities and other organisations can either book via Eventbrite or by emailing neil@lpslaw.co.uk so that an invoice and purchase order can be arranged. The cost for local authorities/health bodies/advocacy organisations depends upon whether an open or exclusive booking is made:

  1. Open bookings are for courses that are available for all individuals/organisations to attend: £950+VAT for up to 35 delegates (with costs of additional delegates to be agreed).
  2. Exclusive bookings are reserved for a particular organisation: £2000+VAT for up to 300 delegates.