In the last State of Care report (2015), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified a ‘continuing lack of understanding and awareness of the Mental Capacity Act’. It is good news then, that the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced free e-learning training materials that will enable care staff to learn more about mental capacity.

The training is suitable for all staff working with people who lack or may lack capacity within social care services. The training materials consist of seven modules as follows:

  1. Introducing the Mental Capacity Act
  2. Supporting people to make decisions
  3. Assessing capacity
  4. Best interests decisions
  5. More complex decisions
  6. What to do when there is disagreement
  7. Planning for the future

Each of the modules will take between 30 – 45 minutes to complete. They consist of information, resources and a checklist at the end of the module to ensure the employee fully understands it.

In addition to the e-learning training, there is also a free webinar available that you can download and use to train your staff. It uses a slide presentation to outline the key points of the Mental Capacity Act. It includes information on how to assess capacity, how to support a person to make decisions and defines best interest and decision-making process.

For more information and to gain access to all of SCIE’s resources on mental capacity go to