The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced a statutory framework for decision making processes for persons over the age of 16 who are incapable of making decisions for themselves. Knowledge of the Act is a fundamental aspect of safe professional practice.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is a process to consider authorisation of deprivation of liberty for individuals who do not have mental capacity to make decisions about their own care. Statutory organisations need to ensure that they have a group of staff members who are qualified to undertake the statutory role of Best Interest Assessor (BIA).
Bournemouth University has been approved by the Department of Health to provide this programme. The programme will be delivered as a series of workshops. In addition, you will be required to undertake self-managed learning, based on support materials provided by Bournemouth University.
During the programme, you will study:
Candidates who complete unit 1 will be awarded 20 credits.
Unit 2 can be undertaken by any health and social care professional but only a specific group of practitioners who hold a professional qualification and who can meet the other requirements as set out in the Regulations can qualify as BIAs. The relevant professional qualifications are the following: Social Workers, 1st Level Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Chartered or Registered Psychologists holding a Practice Certificate.
Candidates who complete both units of this programme will be awarded 40 level credits and will be eligible for appointment as Best Interests Assessor subject to the above. You must complete both units at the same level.
Please be aware there is a requirement to 'shadow' a qualified BIA undertaking an assessment under the DoLS framework as part of the unit 2 assessment. Therefore, please ensure you have this in place before applying for the programme.
This course requires 100% attendance.
Students must have 2 years post registration practice experience upon succesful completion of the course.
Normally students may enter Level 6 (degree level) study if they have been awarded:
If you do not meet this criteria you are still able to apply for this unit but we may ask you to complete a study skills handbook to familiarise yourself with academic writing at degree level. The study skills handbook will be sent to you when we have received your application form.
Applicants that already have a degree may wish to consider applying for this unit at Level 7 (Master’s level).
Fees and funding:
You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.
Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.
The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations, Local Authorities and the Pan-Dorset & Wiltshire Teaching Partnership for pre-paid places on specified modules. If you work within Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset or Hampshire and Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow organisations to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.
The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). All requests for pre-paid places must first be agreed by your organisation prior to completing an application.
During the unit, your assessed work will comprise a portfolio of tasks which will include:
Having completed this programme, the student is expected to demonstrate: