Using the MCA key principles in care planning

The video looks at the five key principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), and how these can be applied to the care planning process.  It shows, through interviews with self-advocates, and health, legal and social care professionals, how the proper application of the MCA is needed to ensure that care planning is person-centred and empowering. The film stresses the importance of planning for the least restrictive option in any situation, and always acting in the best interests of people who lack capacity, and not in organisational interests. It talks about how advance decisions about future treatment can be really helpful.

Messages for practice

Who will find this useful?

The film will be of use to people with care and support needs, and their families. Its main audience is social care staff in any setting, social workers, health professionals and advocates, and it contains helpful messages for managers in all of these settings.