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Implications of the Mental Capacity Act for foot care

10 May 2011

Learning Disability Practice


The Mental Capacity Act 2005 altered the way that everyone should practise when working with people who may lack the capacity to give consent. This article discusses...

The Mental Capacity Act in action

26 August 2016

Learning Disability Practice

Evidence & practice

The Mental Capacity Act framework is essential to ensuring good practice in the treatment of people in vulnerable circumstances. This case study illustrates the act...

Advanced decisions to refuse treatment in emergency situations

03 December 2014

Emergency Nurse


The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has formalised how people can make advance decisions about the care they would like to receive when they no longer have the capacity to...

Assessment of capacity: reflections from practice

08 September 2011

Learning Disability Practice


Completing mental capacity assessments for individuals is a complicated process that presents professionals with many challenges. The authors set up a system to...

The mental capacity act and dementia research

01 April 2013

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

For research to have an impact on people with dementia, they need to be involved in studies. However, undertaking research with participants who may lack capacity to...

Sociolegal and practice implications of caring for LGBT people with dementia

30 November 2016

Nursing Older People

Evidence & practice

The needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people with dementia are poorly recognised. This is due partly to assumptions that all older people are...

Who decides?

02 May 2006

Nursing Standard


Changes to the law on mental capacity will be implemented next year, giving people more rights in decisions about their treatment and care. ■ The new law will assist...

Understanding mental capacity law and making best-interests decisions

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was enacted with the aim of improving the protection provided by the law to the most vulnerable people in society. The principles of the...

A serious ethical dilemma

02 April 2008

Nursing Standard


The death of a young woman late last year has led to a call for changes in the law which allows Jehovah’s Witnesses to refuse blood transfusion.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005: considerations for nursing practice

11 September 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explores the main elements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the implications for nurses. Many vulnerable adults have impaired capacity, and it is...
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