BIA Refresher

Course overview

The developments in mental capacity and Deprivation of Liberty continue to progress, with the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 due to be implemented late 2020, a new code of practice which is eagerly awaited, and significant changes to how deprivation of liberty is managed in the future being introduced.  The context of the COVID-19 restrictions and what this means for BIA practice will be explored, and participants will be updated on the progress of the new legislation as far as is practical in the current climate.

Given the current COVID-19 situation we are pleased to announce that this course will now be offered online through secure video conferencing at the scheduled times below.  If you are interested in joining the course but would like to know a bit more about how this might work before signing up, please contact us at

This one-day programme is designed as a peer learning experience and refresher, providing detailed updates and a reflective space to support BIA’s and DoLs doctors in practice and deliver the requirements of continued learning as required by the MCA/DoLS regulations for assessors. 

A combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including lecture, workshop and group work via online groups. Interactive and experiential methods, in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas will be used, to inform participant learning and support application to practice. 

Attending this session will provide participants with the following outcomes:

  • Provide the opportunity to engage with relevant annual CPD requirements as per DoLS regulations
  • Update knowledge in relation to recent rulings and their impact on DoLS practice​, including the impact of the CORONAVIRUS ACT 2020 on current BIA practice.
  • Increased awareness of the progress of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act and implementation of the LPS scheme. ​
  • Reflect & Analyse upon Capacity determinations and Best Interest decision-making in the courts and in practice. ​
  • Consider the role of Human Rights in Deprivation of Liberty and best interest decision-making.

9.00    Welcome, Introductions, ground-rules and structure of the day

- using Zoom for online training.


9.30    Session 1: Recent developments - the Liberty Protection Safeguards [1.5 hour]

-       Implications for current BIAs and s12 Doctors.

-       Section 4b of the MCA




11.30  Session 2: Assessing Capacity: evidence and the burden of proof. [1.5 hours]

– Fluctuating capacity in the courts and in practice.




13.30  Session 3: Human rights and best interest decision making [1.5 hours]

                        - caselaw update and analysis of the impact on practice.




15:30  Session 4: Principle 5 and Maximising residual liberty within DoLS [1.5 hour]




17.15  CLOSE

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

There are three intakes scheduled for the 2020/21 academic year. Each day will run from 9am - 5.15pm. The dates for the intakes are as follows:

Intake One - Monday 23rd November 2020

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Intake Two - Thursday 18th March 2021

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Intake Three - Monday 14th June 2021

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