The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is a vital piece of legislation, which makes a real difference to the lives of people who may lack mental capacity.
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
- My Adult – Still My Child: A guide for parent/carers of adults (16+) who may not be able to make decisions
- 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.
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Mental Capacity Act Training Team
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01223 699 307 or 01223 703 538
Fax: 01223 475 983
Postal address: Box No: SH1211