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:
- 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.
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
If you wish to print off a leaflet in a specific language- the languages covered and their page range are given below:
- Arabic 1-10
- Bengali 11-20
- Chinese 21-30
- French 31-40
- Gujarati 41-50
- Hindi 51-60
- Polish 61-70
- Punjabi 71-80
- Urdu 81-90
Training Video & Resource Pack