Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: E-learning Programmes

E-Learning Programmes on HSeLand 

The HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy has two e-learning programmes available on HSeLanD: Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Supporting Decision-Making in Health and Social Care.

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Guidance for Healthcare Workers

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – Guidance for Healthcare Workers is now available on HSeLand. This programme includes three modules.

Module 1: Guiding Principles

This module is for all staff working with adults (aged 18 years and older) in health and social care. Healthcare workers have new responsibilities under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 which specifies how they can best support a person to make their own decisions. This module helps familiarise staff with these new responsibilities detailed in the Guiding Principles of the 2015 Act.

Module 2: Working with decision supporters appointed under the Act

This module will introduce the concept of decision supporters and the various roles that take this form. You will need to know the roles and responsibilities of the decision supporter, how to interact with them, and when it is appropriate to contact the DSS, with the goal of keeping the person attending our service at the heart of the decision-making process.

Module 3: Advance Healthcare Directives

This module will help staff to identify when an advance healthcare directive is valid and applicable, when to respond appropriately to an advance healthcare directive, and when to support a person who wishes to make one.

Supporting Decision-Making in Health and Social Care

This suite of e-learning modules focuses on the principles of supported decision-making and model key communication skills, strategies and tools. They are for all health and social care staff who work with adults. This programme is part of HSE preparation for the commencement of Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

The modules include:

  • Module 1- Supporting a person to make decisions - This module aims to help staff support people who use services to make decisions related to their health and social care, including day-to-day decisions and more complex decisions.
  • Module 2 – Supporting a person to plan for the future - This module aims to help staff support people who use services to plan for the future. This might include the development of an Advance Care Plan, which would inform their future care and treatment if they subsequently lack decision-making capacity or are unable to make their wishes and preferences known.
  • Module 3 – Introduction to Functional Assessment of Capacity - This module aims to help staff to recognise when an assessment of decision-making capacity is required and to understand the functional approach.