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BIA & DoLS Refresher Training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Programme

This one-day programme is designed as a peer learning experience and refresher, providing detailed case law/practice updates and a reflective space to support those working in-depth with MCA and DoLS processes, BIA colleagues in practice, authorisers, and mental health assessors to explore these current issues in practice.

The session will also improve their awareness of coming changes. This course delivers the requirements of continued learning as per the MCA/DoLS regulations for Best Interest Assessors. Learning Methods: This is training is delivered using an online interactive classroom approach and all delegates will be expected to take part to ensure an effective adult learning experience. Using whiteboards and breakout rooms, a combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including trainer presentation and group work in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to support application to practice. Learning Outcomes: 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 case law rulings and their impact on DoLS practice.

• Explore issues of interface with other legislation and application in the community (MHA, Care Act).

• Understand the current intentions for the BIA-AMCP transition and consider what that might mean for future practice.

• Reflect & Analyse upon Capacity determinations and Best Interest decision making in the courts and in practice.

• Critically reflect with colleagues on complex practice issues and areas, for example assessing people with brain injuries or personality disorder.

Resources Required: All delegates will need a laptop with a functioning Mic and Camera to allow effective participation. Laptops should have an up-to-date Browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Where possible delegates should be using the MS Teams App and have ensured it is fully updated. 

Programme Outline:

9.15 Please log on to MS Teams and join the meeting

9.30 Introductions & Explanation of online methods.

9.40 Session 1: Recent developments

Working with the MCA in practice: Implications for practice :-

  • Practice in the post Covid world
  • MCA and DoLS in the news
  • Caselaw themes of note for practice


11.20 Session 2: Practice Issues

Assessing Capacity: evidence and the burden of proof. 

  • Salient information in relation to refusing assessments and/or care – the implications for both DoLS and LPS
  • Fluctuating capacity in the courts and in practice.
  • What does executive capacity mean in the courts and in practice?   


13.30 Session 3: Practice Issues

  • Exploring meaningful consultation
  • Identifying the most appropriate RPR and engaging stakeholders
  • Revisiting the threshold for objection


15:30 Session 4: Complex Assessments

  • Assessing the impact of complex presentations on Capacity and Best Interests assessments and processes.


The Trainers:

The programme will be facilitated virtually on MS Teams by Daisy Bogg from DCC-i Ltd, a BASW and OCN accredited training provider.

Daisy is a recognised national social work specialist and established academic author and trainer, with qualifications in both social work and training. She has nine social work texts and numerous chapters and articles included in her credits. Daisy has been involved in the design, development and delivery of a wide range of learning and development and consultancy programmes, for example, Daisy was the lead author on the Department for Educations Return to Social Work learning materials and the Department of Health Mental Capacity Act for social workers materials, among others. She continues to lecture and practice in several social work roles and is a practice educator for social work students and both children and adults social work ASYE candidates.

Daisy oversees the content and quality of all our delivery programmes and projects. She is a registered SWE social worker, holding additional qualifications in Mental Health (AMHP), Mental Capacity (BIA), Training and Practice Education (PEPS 2). Prior to establishing her own company, Daisy had worked within and managed Substance Use Services and Mental Health Services to Director level. She was an Executive Director within the local NHS health and social care partnership trust (2008 – 2010), accountable to three local authorities, including BBC, for the delivery of a section 75 arrangement and working within health-based delivery and governance systems.

In addition to co-directing DCC-i, Daisy maintains a number of national leadership roles. Until recently she held the Chair position of both the Mental Health Committee and the Mental Capacity Act working group within BASW, she is Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and BIA teaching lead for the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust BIA programme. 

As well as holding post graduate qualifications in Social Work and practice education, she is an ILM trained mentor, holds the PTLLS level 4 teaching qualification and holds a number of leadership qualifications, including – strategic social care leadership (PG Dip Modules – University of Birmingham) and International Healthcare Management (Yale University / SEPT).

Daisy has significant experience of coaching and mentoring at management levels. Daisy is a passionate advocate of excellent Values and Ethics in the field and as such has a particular interest in Strengths-based approaches and their application in adult social care contexts.

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