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This programme gives delegates the opportunity to explore some of the key Care Act themes and principles in greater depth, for example addressing the question What does giving people choice really mean and require of you? It considers the shared duties and themes of the Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act and explores the need to understand how a person makes decisions in their life and what we need to do to support that person in decision making. A number of quizzes test knowledge of key Care Act duties. The day is split into 6 parts, wellbeing and outcomes, maximising choice and achieving best practice in supported decision making, duties, effective assessment, eligibility determination and care and support planning, positive risk taking, evidence and decision making and reviews.

Who is Informed Decision Making & Risk Management aimed at?

Adult Social Care practitioners

Course Length

1 Day

Learning Outcomes

To enable delegates to:

  • Revisit wellbeing and outcomes and understand their importance in the context of the Care Act.
  • Further understand and assess needs and record outcomes and ensure assessments/reviews are effective and robust.
  • Ensure the range of ways a person can be as fully involved in their assessment/review as they can be and wish to be is part of each process.
  • Identify the importance of key aspects of the Care Act in informed decision making.
  • Expand on the use of powerful questioning techniques within the strengths based approach.
  • Consider the overlap of the Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act in supported decision making.
  • Expand use and effectively analyse information gathered during the assessment/review to make appropriate decisions.
  • Conduct risk assessments within a positive risk taking framework.
  • Revisit facts, opinions and unconscious bias and clearly articulate and record information.
  • Ensure that decision making is defensible, that clear, factual evidence is provided to support decisions and includes reasoning for decisions and recommendations and considers risk, capacity, options and the person’s wishes and feelings.


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