The Mental Capacity Act:
- empowers people to make decisions for themselves wherever possible
- protects those who lack capacity by placing them at the heart of the decision-making process
- ensures that people participate as much as possible in decisions made on their behalf, and these decisions are made in their best interests
- allows people to plan ahead, in case they might lack capacity in the future for any number of reasons, to make decisions for themselves.
Information for families and individuals
The following information and guidance can help you understand the Mental Capacity Act.
- Supporting people: Using the Mental Capacity Act - a guide from Hft for family and friends
- Compassion in dying - making decisions and planning your care
- Mental Capacity Act resource pack from Mencap - for family carers of people with a learning disability
- Mental Capacity Act information from Alzheimer's Society
- Mental Capacity Act information from MIND
Looking for information on how the MCA enables you to plan for the future?
Information for professionals
All professionals who work within the health and social care sector have a duty to comply with the Mental Capacity Act, alongside your own specific policies, procedures and regulatory requirements pursuant to your individual setting.
- GMC Mental Capacity Act and consent resource page
- GMC Mental Capacity flowchart
- Mental Capacity Act toolkit (BMA)
- Decision-making and mental capacity (NICE)
- 39 Essex Chambers - Mental Capacity Guidance Note: Assessment and Recording of Capacity
- 39 Essex Chambers - Rapid Response Guidance Note: Vaccination and Mental Capacity
- 39 Essex Chambers - Mental Capacity Guidance Note: Best Interests
- Free webinar - 39 Essex Chambers - An Introduction to the Court of Protection for Medical Practitioners - 39 Essex Chambers
- CQC - Key lines of enquiry, prompts and ratings characteristics for healthcare services
Free online learning for health professionals
Cambridgeshire County Council and NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have produced a Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) online learning tool specifically for health professionals. This online resource is completely free and will help healthcare professionals understand:
- What the MCA is
- What they need to know
- How it affects them
- How it affects their patients
- How to apply this to their practice
To access the free resource - The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards online course (Medical Protection Website)