Short course Best Interests Assessor - Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (BIADOLS)
Social Work and Community
Please note: Next offering will be 2020. The class for 2019 is now full.
The Best Interests Assessor - Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (BIADOLS) course qualifies you to assess people in situations, such as residential care or hospital, where their liberty may be in question, as well as their mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. Demand for this qualification has grown, following recent changes in the law. The BIA role involves significant legal and ethical considerations; reflected in the course teaching and assessments.
The course gives you the chance to update your skills in practice interventions, and deepen your knowledge base about current research and policy in contemporary practice. It is linked to your professional requirement as a social worker to provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as part of your continued registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
The schedule for the Sept 2019 Best Interest Assessor: Please contact Karen Adshead, Programme Leader.
Complete this course by attending only 6 study days and enhance your career.
Continued Professional Development
This course meets the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements as set by the Health and Care Professions Council.
To be eligible for this course, you will need a professional qualification as either a social worker, registered nurse, occupational therapist or chartered psychologist. You will also need some experience as a practitioner, and knowledge of mental capacity and human rights legislation.
You must find a mentor with experience of the Best Interests Assessor role, who can offer you support while you are training. You must fund the mentor’s costs yourself.
You will also need to find a registered care home or hospital for you to undertake three one-hour observations. These should take place after you have started the course, and before you submit your portfolio for assessment.
You should also try to identify an opportunity to shadow a Best Interest Assessor undertaking an assessment, or part of an assessment - either before or after the course. This shadowing experience will improve your understanding of the BIADOLS role.
How you'll learn
The six day-long workshops are led by highly experienced lecturers with a background and interest in social work law.
You will engage in mentored work-based learning or shadowing, and arrange to carry out three one-hour observations in a care home or hospital, with which you are not ordinarily involved. At the end of the course, you will submit a portfolio of observations.
During the workshops, you’ll engage with the work of practising BIADOLS, service users and carers, including representatives or Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs). You’ll also explore the meaning and implications of case studies and case law, learn how to complete the necessary forms, and participate in role play exercises.
Fees and funding
£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,280 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Applications are made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
• if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
• your course
• your age
• your nationality or residency status
Full eligibility can be found here
Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.
The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.
To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click hereTerms and conditions apply.
How we can help youDid you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?
If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.
*Sutton Trust Report 2013
Alumni Discount - 15 per cent
Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent
Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500
Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000Terms and conditions apply.
• By telephone
• In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
• Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here
The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.
We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.
Phone: 020 8223 4444
What you'll learn
The BIADOLS course is an accredited MA-level short course with 30 credits. You can study it flexibly as stand-alone short course with credit, or use it as a building block for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master of Arts course. The course involves six workshops, each lasting a day:
- Introduction to the course and assessments (one day)
- Mental capacity (two days)
- BIADOL assessment process (three days)
You can also apply for accredited prior learning through UEL’s ACL system to progress towards achieving postgraduate awards.
Your future career
This course will enable you to practise the role of Best Interests Assessor: Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (BIADOLS) – developing your knowledge of the relevant policy frameworks, and work in a way consistent with and respectful of the presumed mental capacity of the relevant person.
As a BIA, you’ll take practical steps to help someone decide whether or not they want to live in a care home or hospital, for treatment or care. You will be balancing a vulnerable person’s right to autonomy and self-determination with their right to safety - judging your actions proportionately and making effective risk assessments.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal