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How to ensure people with multiple diagnoses make the right decisions

01 March 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This case study describes a method of separating and clarifying the impact that a client’s concomitant learning disability, personality disorder, bipolar affective...

Safeguarding people’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act

26 February 2011

Nursing Older People


People who lack capacity to make certain decisions have a statutory right to be represented by an independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA). However, there is...

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...

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...

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...

Supporting choice in health care for people with learning disabilities

03 February 2010

Nursing Standard


People with learning disabilities represent a small and vulnerable group in society who commonly encounter barriers in accessing and using health care. This article...

Advance decisions in secondary mental health services

25 January 2012

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Few patients complete advance decisions in mental health services. This article reviews the potential clinical benefits of advance decisions, patients’ attitudes...

Meeting the healthcare needs of people experiencing homelessness

20 September 2018

Nursing Standard

Patient experience

People experiencing homelessness have unique healthcare and health promotion needs. This article provides nurses with information on the healthcare challenges that...

Respecting the ethical principle of autonomy in end of life care decisions

30 September 2019

Nursing Standard

end of life care

There is a range of ethical, legal and professional issues associated with end of life care and the decisions made by healthcare professionals. The complexity of...