Mental Capacity Act

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.

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Last updated on 28/05/2021 by RachelLeach