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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.
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.
"Making Decisions" Guidance Booklets:
- Making decisions... about your health, welfare or finance. Who decides when you can't (577kb pdf)
- Making decisions: A guide for family friends and other unpaid carers (548kb pdf)
- Making decisions: A guide for people who work in health and social care (472kb pdf)
- Making decisions: A guide for advice workers (425kb pdf)
- Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) booklet and guide (374kb pdf)
Other useful information:
- Mental Capacity Act (MCA) / Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) Policy and Procedure
- The Mental Capacity Act in Practice: Guidance for End of Life Care (The National Council for Palliative Care) (875kb pdf)
- Capacity, care planning and advance care planning in life limiting illness. A guide for health and social care staff
- Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) leaflet (511kb pdf)
- Independent Mental Capacity Act Referral Form (20kb .doc)
- Mental Capacity Act FAQs
- Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
- Court-appointed Deputies
- Good Practice Guidance on Covert Administration of Medication
- MCA Directory
- Statutory checklist of factors for determining best interests
- Using the Mental Capacity Act to protect people’s rights
Jo Harrison, Nurse Quality Manager, MCA/DoL (Lead Nurse). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0114 3054575