Dental Adults with Incapacity (AWI)

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Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 information and training course for dentists.

Scottish Legislation

Scottish Legislation



A fundamental assumption of Scots law is that, once you are aged 16, you can make legally binding decisions for yourself.

However, an adult with a condition such as a learning disability, mental illness or dementia, may lack the capacity to make a decision realting to their dental care, or make an informed choice regarding treatment. In rare cases, this may also apply to someone who cannot communicate a decision because of a physical disability which cannot be overcome.


Course information


Working within the AWI Act : a course for dentists on capacity and consent

The Adults with Incapacity course is a training programme for dentists which aims provide the skills and knowledge to execute sound clinical and ethical judgments when assessing a person's incapacity. Successful participants will be able to accurately complete and document a certificate of incapacity under section 47 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.  

Essential Reading


The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) have produced advice on mental health care and treatment related to the COVID-19 pandemic for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients.

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If you are interested in our course, and would like to register your interest please send an email to our team.