The Mental Capacity Act allows restraint and restrictions to be used – but only if they are in a person's best interests. Extra safeguards are needed if the restrictions and restraint used will deprive a person of their liberty. These are called the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. This training course aimed at increasing knowledge of frontline professionals and for those who will be working as IMCAs during the initial DoLS assessment process and as Relevant Persons Representatives whilst a DoLS is in force.

Non Instructed Advocacy

Non-instructed advocacy is taking affirmative action with or on behalf of a person who is unable to instruct an advocate due to issues of capacity eg. comprehension or communication issues. The non-instructed advocate seeks to uphold the person's rights; ensure fair and equal treatment and access to services; and make certain that decisions are taken with due consideration for all relevant factors which must include the person's unique preferenecs and perspectives.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

The aim of the course is to support the development of the practical skills and knowledge required to provide statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) as detailed within the Mental Health Act. The Mental Health’s act creation of the role of Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) requires advocates to understand how Mental Health Legislation affects patients who meet the qualifying criteria for this service, and how to respond to such referrals.