The Mental Capacity Act 2005: considerations for nursing practice
Emma Stevens Safeguarding adults practitioner, City Health Care Partnership CIC, Hull
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 vital that nurses are confident in understanding when and how to assess an individual’s capacity. Nurses should be supported and given training to ensure they can apply the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to practice. It is also important that nurses have a good understanding of the deprivation of liberty safeguards and can identify when their interventions may deprive patients of their liberty, ensuring that these are only undertaken legally.
Nursing Standard. 28, 2,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.09.28.2.35.e7909
Received: 20 May 2013
Accepted: 21 June 2013
Published in print: 11 September 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review