The Mental Capacity Act


The Mental Capacity Act


What is the Mental Capacity Act?

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) s a law that came into force in 2007 and is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. This law applies to individuals aged 16 and over.

Examples of people who may lack capacity include those with:

  • dementia
  • a severe learning disability
  • a brain injury
  • 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.

To find out more about the Mental Capacity Act visit the NHS Choices website here.


The Mental Capacity Act Project

The Mental Capacity Act Project is designed to support health teams to embed the Mental Capacity Act and to raise public awareness of the Act and how it can benefit them.

Managing this project is Nageena Bibi and Sue Lassetter who are leading the Mental Capacity Act Project working across Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton to improve the experiences of people who need help in making decisions, and to support those who care for them. To find out more see the latest MCA Newsletter

To make contact with the team call 07825079041 or email or


Using the Mental Capacity Act

This link will take you to a video which explains the MCA and how it can protect the right to make choices. It was produced by SCIE


The Department of Health Z- Card 

The Department of Health z-card available here provides key information about the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and about Advance Decisions and Lasting power of Attorney


Making Descisions & Planning For the Future

The Projects public information leaflet is now available in a range of languages which can be accessed here along with the original version of the leaflet here.

(To print your selected language only, please select the page range)

Resources & Useful Information

Introduction to Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

The Five Principles of the Mental Capacity Act

What you should consider to ensure you are protected by the Act

Assessing capacity and best interest decisions

Decision Makers

Community DoLS

Helping people make their own decisions

Monitoring Checklist for Organisation

The Mental Capacity Act Care Plan and Documentation Checklist

The Mental Capacity Act Care Planning

DNAR Scenario

Advance decisions Factsheet

The Health Care Assistants (HCA) role in the MCA Factsheet

Blood Tests and the Mental Capacity Act

Court Appointed Deputies Factsheet

Court of Protection Factsheet

Lasting Power of Attorney Factsheet

Restraint Factsheet

Independent MCA Advocate Factsheet

Nurses FAQ

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Factsheet

MCA Quiz


 Training Video & Resource Pack

MCA Training Resource Pack

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Patient Opinion