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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...

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...

Advanced decisions to refuse treatment in emergency situations

03 December 2014

Emergency Nurse


The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has formalised how people can make advance decisions about the care they would like to receive when they no longer have the capacity to...

Caring for people who have intellectual disabilities

11 October 2012

Emergency Nurse


This article explores some of the challenges people with intellectual disabilities must overcome when they attend emergency departments. It also discusses some of...

Using the virtual world to change chemotherapy services

04 September 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


The Chemotherapy Planning Online Resource Tool (C-PORT) supports effective capacity planning and assists with service redesign. This article examines how a large...

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...

Who makes crucial decisions on reproduction and contraception?

01 October 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This article describes the findings of an online survey exploring contraception for people with learning disabilities. The survey reveals that this is a complex...

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...

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...