Confusion about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 results in cases of poor and sometimes illegal practice. This online resource promotes best practice and dispels some of the confusion and myths which surround the MCA.

The MCA sets out:

  • An improved approach to care and treatment of those individuals who lack capacity.
  • Provides a legal framework for highly complex and sometimes difficult decisions.
  • Developed a collaborative and inclusive approach to decisions for care and treatment
  • Leads to a more complex process of decision-making that includes:
    • a focus on the wishes, beliefs and values of an individual
    • movement away from historic paternalist and professionally biased approach
    • adopts practice, that is person-centred, empowering and focused on the rights of the individual.