Implications of the Mental Capacity Act for foot care
Allyson Kent Queen’s nurse and clinical lead, Payment by Results and deputy head of nursing, Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Louise King Independent foot health professional
Allyson Kent and Louise King advise on the legal aspects of treating people who may lack capacity to give consent
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 implications of the legal framework on foot care, exploring the challenges faced by families/carers, care home staff and foot health professionals in their work. While this article focuses on foot care, it is relevant to all staff providing care to people who lack the capacity to give consent.
Learning Disability Practice. 14, 4, 18-21. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.05.14.4.18.c8511