Publication of Mental Capacity Act guides 2014/15

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is relevant to much of what care providers and their staff do every day, but the evidence suggests that it is not understood or applied as well as it ought to be.

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The Joint Improvement Programme, in partnership with the Care Provider Alliance commissioned some guidance for providers of community services and a briefing paper aimed at members of care provider's boards in order to support providers to apply the MCA in the right way.

These two documents are aimed at helping to ensure that the legal rights of those who may lack capacity are upheld and that the individual is at the heart of decision-making.

MCA guides

Care providers and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental Capacity Act 2005: a brief guide for providers of Shared Lives and other community services

We have also produced an easy read guide to the MCA to accompany these two documents.

They cover:

  • what the MCA is, and why it matters
  • what mental capacity means
  • acting in someone's best interests
  • limits on what can be done in someone's best interest, including deprivation of liberty.

Liberty Protection Safeguards to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2022

Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), which will replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), are due to come into force in 2022.

Watch SCIE's video on LPS

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced a short video to encourage the sector to consider how LPS can promote practice which aligns with human rights and the core principles and duties of the Care Act 2014.



LPS factsheets and blog

On GOV.UK, you can also access a series of LPS factsheets and read the blog, Preparing for LPS, to find out why social workers and other care colleagues welcome the changes to come.