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Professional course

Best Interest Assessment

30 credit level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Programme leader:
Rachel Hubbard

Page last updated 14 December 2018


Best Interest Assessment level 3 (UZVSBP303) or Masters level (UZVSBQ30M) will give you an understanding of the values which support the Mental Capacity Act, particularly in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and their implications for the role of Best Interest Assessor.

On completion of this course, you will have:

  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy framework underpinning the role of Best Interest Assessor.
  • A critical and applied understanding of a range of models of mental capacity and relevant care treatments for people who lack capacity.
  • An ability to critically analyse the implications of mental incapacity including the impact of discrimination on well-being, mental health and mental capacity.
  • An ability to critically analyse the ethical implications inherent in situations involving the deprivation of individual liberty.
  • Effective communication skills including an ability to articulate the role of Best Interest Assessor, to present information in formal and informal settings and to liaise and negotiate with a range of relevant stakeholders.
  • An ability to consider the feasibility of and contribute to planning and implementing options for care within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  • An ability to exercise the use of independence, authority and autonomy, with a full awareness of risk, appropriate to the Best Interest Assessor role.
  • The chance to reflect critically on your own practice and on the practice of your agency.
  • An ability to access and critically appraise evidence from a range of sources (e.g. electronic, text, practice experience).

Entry requirements

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards statute states that to undertake Best Interests Assessor training, participants must be either be a:

  • social worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • an approved Mental Health Professional
  • a first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses' Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001
  • an occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001
  • a chartered psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society's Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society.

You must also:

  • have at least two years post registration experience in that profession
  • not be suspended from the register or list relevant to their profession.



Application of values to the Best Interests Assessor role

  • Ethical implications of deprivation of liberty
  • Identifying and challenging discrimination
  • Promoting rights, dignity and self determination
  • Application of the human rights principles enshrined in the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Legal and policy framework

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 including related codes of practice and national and local policy guidance
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and role of the Best Interest Assessor within them
  • Other relevant legislation including: Mental Health Act 2007, Human Rights Act 1998; Care Standards Act 2000 and policy and legislation relating to physical restraint.
  • Legal position and accountability of Best Interest Assessors

Mental Capacity

  • Models of mental capacity
  • Implications of mental incapacity for service users, families and carers
  • Care and treatment for people who lack capacity
  • Impact of discrimination on well-being, mental health and mental capacity

Communication and Partnership Working

  • Planning and implementing options for care
  • Consulting and negotiating with relevant stakeholders
  • Appropriate use of authority and informed decision making
  • Legal presentations

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used including formal lectures, on-line learning, case studies and small group discussion and other workshop activities.


Component A

Oral assessment.

Component B

3000 word assignment based on case studies.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

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How to apply

How to apply

All candidates must have a letter completed by their supporting Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards lead/supervisory body to show that they will have access to at least two Best Interests Assessment shadowing opportunities, in a timely manner to enable the candidate to complete the course assessments. Please download, fill in and return this agreement to support your application.

You are required to apply online for your CPD module/s, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

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