Mental Capacity Act
Every day we make decisions about our lives. These decisions could be about simple things like what we eat or what we wear. They could also be about more major things like our health, our care and our finances. Complex matters to consider might include decisions about where to ilve or whether to accept medical treatment.
Mental capacity refers to our ability to make decisions in everyday life.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) provides the legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack the ability to make particular decisions for themselves. The Mental Capacity Act aims to protect the rights of individuals who may lack the capacity to make decisions. This act aims to ensure there is consideration of a person's rights, wishes and beliefs within the best interest decision making process.
For everyone working with and/or caring for an adult who may lack capacity to make a specific decision for themselves, the same rules apply whether the decisions are life-changing events or everyday matters.
Making decisions factsheets
- Making decisions about your health, welfare or finances. Who decides when you can’t?
- Making decisions - A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers
- Making decisions - A guide for people who work in health and social care
- Making decisions - A guide for advice workers
- Making Decisions – An Easy Read Guide
- Making decisions - The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service
Three e-learning training packages are available free to Bolton staff and can be accessed in the Training section.