|Start dates||September 2023|
C&F (4), Adults (2-10)
Best Interest Assessor is an interprofessional 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.
Two years post-registration experience as either an approved mental health professional or social worker registered with Social Work England.
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.
Please note, the content of this course will be updated as and when specific details of the new requirements in line with the liberty protection safeguards are released.
Teaching will be delivered online via Zoom.
To apply for this course you must :
Please email our CPD Social Work Administration team to express an interest in this programme
This one-day online course has been specially designed for those who are already qualified BIAs, but who need a refresher to enable them to continue practising.
Subject to demand, we also run a one-day BIA refresher course (£135), please contact us for information and dates.
Date/time: 26th June 2023 10am-4pm
Date/time: 7th December 2023 10am-4pm
Date/time: 13th June 2024 10am-4pm
Delivery: Virtual, Zoom
Please email our CPD Social Work Administration team to express an interest in this programme.
"I was very excited to do this course and it did not disappoint…everything just came together beautifully. Thank you for your excellent teaching."
Shawndell, Nursing Home Registered Manager (April 2021)
“I found the module very informative. I have gained a lot of knowledge and awareness that will guide and inform my practice.”
BIA trainee, Nov 2022
“I really enjoyed the links to case law and the opportunity to link to case studies. The lecturers’ knowledge is brilliant and really helped me to grasp what I will be expected to do as a BIA.”
BIA trainee, Nov 2022
"Really enjoyable course, packed with information. I feel I learned a lot. Thank you to everyone."
Christine, NHS Continuing Healthcare Case Manager and Assessor (April 2021)
“I came into the module very anxious and worried that I would not cope/complete it, but the way it was structured made it very easy for me to complete all areas of the course. The trainer...was very knowledgeable... " BIA student, (May 2020)