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Our tool kit contains a series of cards relating to specific areas of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales).
Access relevant guidance and publications on the Mental Capacity Acts.
General information about the Mental Capacity Act, followed by a definition of capacity and when a person lacks capacity.
Read about the Act's basic principles, including presumption of capacity and freedom to make unwise decisions.
Who should assess capacity? How do you assess capacity? What do you do when someone refuses to be assessed?
Find out what is meant by best interests, what to consider when assessing them and whether there are any exceptions.
What powers does the Act give to health professionals and how far do they extend?
What is restraint, what types of restraint are there and when is restraint lawful?
Key points for health professionals relating to deprivation of liberty.
What is an advance decision and how does it work in practice?
Information about whether a patient who lacks capacity can participate in research and innovative treatment.
An LPA allows the individual to give authority to someone else to make decisions on their behalf.