As a care worker, you must be aware of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. The Act aims to empower and protect people who may not be able to make some decisions for themselves. It also enables people to plan ahead in case they are unable to make important decisions for themselves in the future.
You are legally required to comply with the Code of Practice when acting in relation to a person who lacks, or who may lack, capacity.
If you’d like to train your staff in this area, take a look at Learn from Others to see what others have done. Under learning materials there is a training session plan and other useful free resources.
We've produced small wallet sized cards for all staff which explain the Mental Capacity Act. You can order these here.
The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. It sets out explicitly the learning outcomes, competences and standards of care that will be expected.
Standard nine focusses on mental health and requires an awareness of the experiences and causes of mental health conditions. This is so that signs and symptoms are passed onto other workers. Staff should show compassion and understanding when they experience any behaviour that is difficult to understand or respond to.
We have resources around restrictive practices and how they can help staff to cope with individuals who might display challenging behaviour or resist essential care.
The Endorsement Framework rewards learning and development providers who demonstrate excellence in adult social care provision.
You can search the Endorsed Provider directory to find mental health courses that are delivered by recommended providers.
The ‘Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing’ quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence outlines priority areas where employers can help improve their staff’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.