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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...

Consent to medical treatment of the mature minor: is autonomy achievable?

Primary Health Care

evidence & practice

The philosophy of healthcare is based on autonomy and capacity, autonomy being the patient's right of self-determination and capacity being the patient's ability to...

Supported decision making: the rights of people with dementia

23 March 2016

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is used to assess a person’s decision-making ability and to make a best interests decision where the individual lacks the capacity to do...