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Enhanced CPD Course

Mental Capacity Act

  • Online Learning
  • Multi-choice quiz



CPD Topics covered

  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to teach the learner:

  • A general understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, its purpose, its five principals, and who the act protects.
  • How to properly judge whether or not a patient is capable of making a decision related to their own care.
  • Techniques that ought to be used to support a person's choice, as dental treatment can be a complex decision making process.
  • How to implement safeguards within the dental practice to ensure that individuals or their carers are given the information and tools necessary to plan their dental care.
  • Methods used to seek consent from the appropriate person at each appointment, without making the patient feel rushed.

Anticipated Outcomes

Following the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the five principles of the Mental Capacity Act.
  • List examples of people who might have lost their ability to make decisions related to their dental care.
  • Name the four pieces of information that need to be documented if it is suspected that someone lacks the mental capacity to make a decision.
  • Decide who should make decisions for the patient, if they are unable to do so themselves.
  • Explain when it would be appropriate to use restraints.
Target Audience
  1. Clinical Dental Technician
  2. Dental Hygienist
  3. Dental Technician
  4. Dental Therapist
  5. Orthodontic Therapist
  6. Practice Manager
  7. Trainee
  8. DCP
  9. Dental Nurse
  10. Dentist
  11. Receptionist
High Level Learning Outcomes
  1. D – Maintenance in Patient Confidence
Regulatory Standards
QCF Level
Level 3
  1. None

About the Instructor

Haleigh Pouliot

Verified Instructor


Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY

Graduated May 2013 with Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene


  • 2013 - Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene


Maria Sanchez Fernandez

16th Feb 2020

Very informative and relevant

Lisa Smith

11th May 2019

Clear, concise course very useful as a refresher covering all the important points in a complicated topic.

Moyra Wilkinson

30th Dec 2018

Useful revision

Kuldipsinh Gohil

9th Dec 2018

very informative course,to understand MCA regulations
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