Course information
Course information
Course description

This comprehensive learning program is designed to enhance the understanding and practical application of mental health law among nursing professionals. The course primarily focuses on the Mental Health Act (MHA) and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), offering legal insights applicable to both mental and physical health interventions within various healthcare settings, including acute hospitals.

Recent complex cases have underscored the crucial need for enhanced training in mental health law for nursing staff across all levels within acute hospital environments. The imminent transition from Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to the new Liberty Protection Safeguards further emphasizes the significance of understanding how the MCA interacts with the MHA, particularly in cases involving coercive or restrictive treatments for patients.


This program covers the fundamental principles of the MHA and MCA, with a specific focus on pertinent clinical cases. It is tailored to deliver essential knowledge for nurses working in inpatient medical environments.

Course format

The course consists of four modules, incorporating a blended learning approach:

4 x eLearning modules
4 x lecture recordings

Through this structured format, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of mental health law, its practical applications, and its relevance to nursing practices in inpatient medical settings.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you will have learned how to:

• Recognise when a capacity assessment may be required.

• Make a capacity assessment at a level appropriate to your role.

• Make decisions for those who lack capacity.

• Identify when the Mental Health Act should be used instead of the Mental Capacity Act.

• Provide care for patients detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Course schedule

Target audience
physician associates
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Group bookings

Discounted rates are available for group bookings. Please contact us for more information. Maudsley Learning has a full range of courses to meet the needs of your organisation. Most can be delivered to you flexibly and tailored to your requirements.

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Bespoke courses

We are able to offer custom-made programs, whether digital or face to face, to meet the education and training needs of your organisation in the UK or internationally.

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We value research and knowledge-sharing and will continue to contribute to the literature base on mental health education, addressing important research questions in this exciting field.