Assessing Mental Capacity in Older People

Mental capacity is the ability to take actions affecting daily life. This micro skills course provides an overview of the legal and practical implications of assessing mental capacity in primary care.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of General Practitioners

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Explain the Mental Capacity Act and its uses
  3. Assess a patient’s mental capacity to make decisions
  4. Recognise how to use Lasting Powers of Attorney and Courts of Protection
  5. Recognise the use and limitations of advanced directives
  6. Establish the medical criteria for fitness to drive for people who lack mental capacity

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.