The Mental Capacity Act 2005: considerations for nursing practice
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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.

Correspondence emma.stevens8@nhs.net

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 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review