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Consent and Best Interest

Consent and Best Interest

Consent and Best Interest

School of Healthcare and Psychology

This course is intended to provide an introduction to consent. You will explore the main principles of consent, as well as the different types. By the end of this course, you will have a key understanding of the importance of consent and will be able to differentiate between capacity and best interest.

Key Words: Consent, Best Interest, Capacity, Decision-making, Good Practice


Course Code: HCP2L5501

Certified: YES

Level: 2

Credits: 2


Time: 2 Hours

Expiry: 2 YEARS

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course each student is expected to be able to:

A. Subject Knowledge and Understanding

  • LO 1. Define Consent and Best Interest.
  • LO 2. Understand the main principles of Consent.
  • LO 3. Understand how decisions are made.

B. Cognitive Skills (Thinking Skills)

  • LO 4. Recognize the importance of Capacity.

C. Subject Specific Practical/Professional Skills

  • LO 5. Differentiate between Capacity and Best Interest.

Curriculum Outline

The key themes covered by the course and their indicative weighing:

  • Consent (25%)
  • Decision-making  (25%)
  • Capacity (25%)
  • Best Interest (25%)

Online Certificates

Students successfully completing their course and assessments will be entitled to a digital badge. A digital badge is a connected, verifiable electronic imagery credential which reflects the achievement of the learning outcomes on their course.

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