Best Interests Assessor

Key Information

Programme Type

Short Course


In person


PG Credit



Next Start Date

April 2024

Course Overview

This course gives students the opportunity to attain the qualification required to carry out the duties of Best Interests Assessors, as required by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) regulations. It is open to professionals from social work, nursing, occupational therapy, and psychology who have at least two years post-qualifying experience.

On completion of this module students are expected to be able to:

- Demonstrate the critical ability to keep appropriate records and to provide clear and reasoned report in accordance with legal requirements and good practice
- Demonstrate the professional knowledge and skills necessary to obtain, evaluate, and analyse complex evidence and differing views and to weigh them appropriately in decision making
- Critically apply knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of practice (including the Mental Health and Mental Capacity acts and the DOLS regulations).

Key Features

Opportunities for shadowing

Multiple start dates through the year

Delivered by experienced healthcare professionals

Designed for practitioners

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Entry Requirements

For this module there is a minimum post-qualification experience requirement of two years. 

How You Study

This course uses a blend of classroom based sessions such as lectures from experts, class discussions, and small group work on relevant case studies. Alongside these, there are some practice based activities.

There will also be opportunities to shadow a Best Interest Assessor for a minimum of one case.

How you are assessed

Assessment on this course is comprised of two elements:

- A 45 minute unseen multiple choice exam, worth 25 per cent of the overall module marks
- A written portfolio, equivalent to 3,000 words, comprised of a detailed case study involving a best interests assessment scenario (60 per cent) and a critical reflective piece (40 per cent), which makes up the remaining 75 per cent of the overall module marks

To pass students must achieve a minimum of 50 per cent in each assessment element.

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