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Best Interest Assessor - 20 credits - 2017/18 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

How to apply
Course Code:
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City South

This course runs on the following dates:

The course will start on the 20 November and will finish on the 1 December 2017. The compulsory induction days will be held on the 30 and 31 October 2017.

The Best Interest Assessor module which is a standalone independent module to prepare you to undertake the role of Best Interest Assessor when considering a deprivation of their liberty. 

This module has been devised to take into account the changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as amended in 2007, in relation to the possible deprivation of liberty for adults in a care setting and the implications this has for the local authority and those responsible in particular for the care of older adults, adults with learning disability and vulnerable adults.

The legal responsibilities of other practitioners and Approved Mental Health Professionals in this process are also considered as well as the implications for the Human Rights Act 1998.

This module aims to enable candidates to achieve an explicit awareness of the legal position and accountability of Best Interest Assessors while undertaking their role. This is in relation to the legislation, any employing organisation and the authority on whose behalf they are acting. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be a two-years post-qualified nurse, social worker, OT or psychologist.

Applicants need to complete shadowing of a BIA assessment prior to the course start. An applicant has to shadow a BIA assessment and obtain the Form 3 completed by the Best Interest Assessor (anonymised) as this forms part of the assessment.

Application Details

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Go to the bottom of this page for links to the online application form

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Online application for UK or EU students
Oct 2017 Short Course (See above for details)


Please contact Robert Wu:

Tel: 0121 331 7078