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online workshop

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and covert administration of medicines - online


  • Released: 04/2020
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 6h:15m

The aim of this e-workshop is to develop your knowledge and skills to help you manage and optimise care for patients who might lack mental capacity to make a specific decision relating to their medicines at a given point in time.

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Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • summarise the legal framework and professional standards surrounding the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • describe the important role of pharmacy professionals within the multidisciplinary team in ensuring the appropriate application and ongoing assessment of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its purpose in the use of medicines
  • identify situations in which pharmacy professionals might encounter issues concerning mental capacity during their practice, including appropriate use of covert administration of medicines and what issues to consider when making recommendations
  • identify suitable sources of information for understanding the assessment and ongoing management of mental capacity and covert administration of medicines
  • develop a working knowledge of the content and purpose of policies and procedures which relate to the management of medicines for patients suspected of lacking mental capacity
  • recognise the situations which require referrals to other healthcare professionals.

How to use this programme

Our online workshops are run using Zoom. Before your workshop, you will receive an email from the lead tutor inviting you to register for the Zoom event. You must complete this registration in advance, or you will be unable to access the session. Please make a note of the lead tutor’s name when you book so that you can contact them if you do not receive the Zoom registration link.

Please note:

  • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the online workshop.
  • To get the most from this workshop we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
  • You will be expected to put your camera on for some or all of the event.
  • This event must not be undertaken while travelling, or in a public place.

If you register for this event you must cancel your place if you cannot attend. Failure to do this may result in restrictions being placed on your CPPE account.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees