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.
Other useful information
- Mental Capacity Act (MCA) / Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) Policy and Procedure
- Social Care Institute for Excellence Mental Capacity Act Directory
- NICE pathway - Making a Best Interest Decision on behalf of someone who lacks capacity to make that decision
- Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
- New MCA guidance 2020|NCPQSW
- The A to Z of the Mental Capacity Act (scie.org.uk)
Helen Robinson RGN, RNMH, Named Professional Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Team