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Best Interest Assessors

Module code SWK4440
Level 7
Credits 30
Fees £1,550
Start dates November 2019
May 2020 


Best Interest Assessor is an inter-professional module which aims to equip experienced practitioners in health and social care with the skills and knowledge required to enable them to undertake a Best Interest Assessment (BIA). A BIA is a specific task related to implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and on completion of the module and successful assessment, participants will be eligible to apply for approval to their Supervisory Board as a Best Interest Assessor having met in full the training requirements specified by the Department of Health. This is a one week intensive course.

Course content

The syllabus is laid down in the requirements of the five professional capabilities for Best Interest Assessors (DoH) which are embedded within a series of 6 one day workshops and practice learning opportunities.

Teaching dates

November cohort

  • Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2019
  • Friday 31 January 2020

May cohort

This course will be delivered online.

  • Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May 2020
  • Friday 26 June 2020

How to apply

To apply for this course you must :

  • have two years post-registration experience as either an approved mental health professional or social worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • be a first level nurse registered in Part 1 of the Register, occupational therapists registered in Part 6 of the Register and chartered psychologists listed in BPS

Please email our CPD Social Work Administration team to express an interest in this programme.

Closing dates

  • November cohort - Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • May cohort - Wednesday 13 May 2020

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