Mental Capacity Act

Please note that this page is currently under review.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 came into force on 1 October 2007 and provides a statutory framework for people over 16 who lack capacity to make all or some decisions for themselves. It also makes provisions for people who have capacity and want to make preparations for a time when they may lose capacity to make certain decisions  in the future. The MCA also states who can make decisions on a person's behalf in their best interests, in which situations and how they should go about this.

The MCA applies to everyone who works in health and social care and is involved in the care, treatment and support of people aged 16 and over who are unable to make all or some decisions for themselves. See the information contained in the web pages and guidance for individuals, their families and professionals on what the MCA will mean to you.

Mental Capacity Act Training

Further information

Unless otherwise stated, all files are in pdf format, left-click the links to view in a new window or right-click and select 'Save target as' to download.

Key documents:

"Making Decisions" Guidance Booklets:

Other useful information:

Contact us

Jo Harrison, Nurse Quality Manager, MCA/DoL (Lead Nurse). Email or tel: 0114 3054575


Further information about the Mental Capacity Act is available on the Sheffield City Council website.

Last updated on 27/08/2019 by TraceyRobinson