The Mental Capacity Act in action
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The Mental Capacity Act in action

Tania Pettet Lead learning disability liaison nurse, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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 in action in a multidisciplinary team setting. It demonstrates the balance between respecting fundamental rights to liberty and autonomy, and the need to protect people who lack the capacity to make certain decisions. The case study also shows how a health facilitation service works to achieve positive outcomes for clients.

Learning Disability Practice. 19, 7, 37-40. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2016.e1725


Peer review

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 January 2016

Accepted: 09 May 2016