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.
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
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
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