Consent – Online Course


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Consent Online Course

Learners undertaking our Consent Online Course will gain an understanding of the key principles of valid consent with adults who have a capacity. In addition, learners will also understand how and when should staff obtain consent, along with the different methods consent can be given and how they should behave if consent is refused.

The course will also cover the ‘Gillick Competence’ and how this principle is used when seeking consent from children and young people. It also covers the key principles of consent when the adult may not have the capacity to make decisions.

It includes examples of the different occasions when someone may or may not have capacity and also the fluid and fluctuating nature of capacity.

Furthermore, this course also covers the different actions that staff may need to take in seeking consent, including best interest decisions, emergency situations, advance decisions to refuse treatment and lasting powers of attorney.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the concept of ‘person who lacks capacity’
  • Describe how a person’s capacity to make decisions can vary and be different for different aspects of their life
  • Discuss the core principles of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) including the presumption of capacity
  • The different methods for helping and supporting individuals to make decisions and to participate in the decision-making process
  • How it is sometimes necessary to act in a person’s best interests when the person lacks capacity to consent to treatment and care
  • Act in a person’s best interests when the person is unable to consent to treatment and care because of a temporary loss of capacity such as in an emergency situation
  • How advance decisions to refuse treatment are used to convey the wishes of an individual
  • The definition of consent
  • When you should ask for consent
  • How consent can be given
  • The importance of effective communication when providing information about choices, risks, benefits, advantages and disadvantages etc.
  • The process to follow when consent is refused
  • Briefly describe the role of lasting power of attorney


30 – 60 Minutes