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Mental Capacity Act

Overview

A person’s mental capacity is their ability to make their own decisions. Having mental capacity means that they are able to understand information and make an informed decision or choice.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) was introduced to protect adults who are unable to make decisions for themselves.

The MCA applies to everyone involved in the care, treatment and support of people.

This awareness level module has been developed to provide basic information on the MCA. It supports the Safeguarding Adults module.

What's included in this course?

The content of this module includes:

  • Common mental health problems that lead people to experience mental health crisis.
  • An understanding of the MCA and its five key principles.
  • Learning how capacity is assessed and how you could be part of making best interest decisions.
  • What can be put in place to help people plan for the future.