University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Best Interest Assessor

This course has been designed to enhance the professional development of qualified social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists; the curriculum reflects introduction via the Mental Health Act 2007 of the deprivation of liberty safeguards into the Mental Capacity Act 2005; these safeguards provide a legal framework to protect the rights and liberties of people who lack the capacity to consent to the care or treatment they need where this care or treatment could amount to a deprivation of their liberty.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be nominated by their employers; a person is eligible to carry out a best interests assessment if they are either: an approved mental health professional; or a social worker registered with the General Social Care Council; or a 1st-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; or an occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001; or 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; and is not suspended from the register or list relevant to the person's profession and has at least 2 years post-registration experience in that profession; this course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults; where this is the case, students are required to obtain an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Exam, presentation and case study.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (England) 1 weeks
Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Northern Ireland) 1 weeks
Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Scotland) 1 weeks
Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Wales) 1 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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