The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over.
Examples of people who may lack capacity include those with:
- a severe learning disability
- a brain injury
- a mental health condition
- a stroke
- unconsciousness caused by an anaesthetic or sudden accident
However, just because a person has one of these conditions does not necessarily mean they lack the capacity to make a specific decision.
More detailed information is available via NHS.co.uk
Information about assessment of capacity
Information about Specific Decisions and Serious Medical Treatment
Mental Capacity Documents
Advanced Statements and Advanced Decisions
- Advanced Statements and Advanced Decisions - guidance document to help complete d. and e below .
- Advanced Decisions - more detailed information pack from "Compassion in Dying"
- Advanced Decisions - patient information sheet
- Advanced Statement - blank form
- Advanced Decision - blank form
Compassion in dying choose a way to make an advanced decision (living Will)