Best Interests

Offered By

NHS Health Education England

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30 minutes
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Course Information

Target Audience
Course Structure

Why should I take this course?

This micro skills course from NHS Health Education England explains 'best interests', by outlining the statutory best interests checklist and discussing when this must be used, and how. It explores the tension that often applies between what a person may want and what is offered (whether due to financial/resource issues, or as a matter of informed expert opinion). It looks at the role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) and when they must be instructed. It concludes by explaining how best interests decision making should be recorded.

Are the programs accredited for continuous professional development (CPD) or continuing medical education (CME)?

Our courses have been developed and are delivered by Talisium's global network of content providers including universities and various professional bodies whose work underpins CPD for healthcare professionals.
Certificates of completion will be available and can be downloaded once a course has been completed. These can be used as evidence of learning for training and CPD purposes. You will need to check with your governing body about CPD standards and requirements.
Unless otherwise stated, certificates issued through Talisium are not qualifications of any formal assessment.

Do I need any prior qualifications or experience?

Our courses and programs have been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of trainees and qualified healthcare professionals. For most courses, we do not ask that you hold certain qualifications or meet certain criteria.
Some courses are aligned to specialist medical curricula so there is a certain level of medical knowledge required in these cases. On the whole, however, the courses and programs are accessible to a broad audience of learners.

Validate your learning

Each participant receives a certificate upon course completion.

What you can expect

A 30 minute eLearning course containing interactive content and activities. 

This course is ideal for

All health professionals.

Here is what you will cover in
this course 

Explain the statutory best interests checklist

Work out who is the decision-maker, and who they must consult except in an emergency

Advise on when an NHS body or local authority must instruct an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate, and what are their powers

Record best interests decision-making

Explain how professional decision-makers gain protection from liability when making best interests decisions for a person lacking the relevant capacity