Mental Capacity in Practice

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Get good at applying the Principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), and you will achieve much more in your work

Published: Sunday 05 January 2020

The MCA principles, the assessment and best interests process come into play when a decision has to be made; and the decision to be made will sit within statutory duties, such as those under the Care Act , Mental health Act and also, ‘Consent to Treatment’.

The Act places the person at the centre of decision-making; who they are, their choices, views, their wishes and feelings are important considerations in the decision to be made. Inevitably a conversation takes place. This enables relationship building, hearing them and working together with them to achieve their outcomes, resulting then, in less distress for them, and fewer crises for services.

Getting good at using the skills needed to apply the Principles of the MCA can also result in improved outcomes in other areas of work such as Making Safeguarding Personal, Person Centered Care Planning and Positive Risk Taking.

Achieving compliance with the MCA now will reduce the impact felt by services when the Liberty Protection Safeguards have to be implemented.