MCA resources on Advance decision

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Advance decisions: uncovering what GPs need

Compassion In Dying

Findings of a research project to better understand the knowledge and experience GPs have of advance decisions. Five themes emerged from this study and include: GPs had significant gaps in knowledge about advance decisions and how they can benefit people; GPs imposed a financial barrier by charging for appointments to discuss advance decisions; GPs felt that conversations about death, dying and planning for the end of life would be too upsetting or difficult; GPs had negative preconceptions about refusing treatment; and GPs had practical concerns about the ease and process of supporting a person to make an advance decision.

Last updated on hub: 09 September 2020

Advance planning for people with bipolar disorder: a guide to making decisions about your personal welfare, property and financial affairs

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

This booklet has been designed as part of project about bipolar disorder. It covers the Mental Capacity Act; advance decisions to refuse treatment; statements of wishes and feelings; lasting power of attorney; and tips for managing everyday finances.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

Advance statement for mental health: patient information leaflet

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Describes what an advance statement is, and contains an A4 form patients can use to write down their preferred treatments and strategies for care should they have a mental health crisis.

Last updated on hub: 08 September 2020

Advance statement for mental health: patient information leaflet

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Describes what an advance statement is, and contains an A5 form patients can use to write down their preferred treatments and strategies for care should they have a mental health crisis.

Last updated on hub: 08 September 2020

An easy guide to lasting powers of attorney

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

A brief introduction to lasting power of attorney, how to use it and what it involves.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

Applications to the Court of Protection: a guide for council staff

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This note has been produced to offer guidance to Councils about when the intervention of the Court of Protection may be needed in relation to welfare decisions where a person lacks mental capacity for the decision. Any decision in relation to an application to Court must be informed by the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), the MCA Code of Practice and case law. This is a short summary and overview and not legal advice, which should always be sought in individual situations.

Last updated on hub: 10 September 2020

Are you making decisions on behalf of someone you’re looking after? A carer’s guide to the Mental Capacity Act

SITRA

Sitra, the Carers Trust and Care Charts UK designed this booklet to provide support and guidance about decision making for carers of people living with dementia. Carers provided examples of decisions they make with and for the person they care for. The booklet uses their experience to bring alive how carers manage supported decision making to maintain a good quality of home life, whilst keeping the people they care for as independent and safe as possible. It covers the key principles at the heart of the Mental Capacity Act; how to assess capacity; and making decisions on behalf of someone.

Last updated on hub: 14 September 2020

Assessment of mental capacity policy

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

This policy has arisen from the implementation of the MCA 2005 and seeks to give advice and guidance on how and when an assessment of mental capacity should be carried out. It draws a distinction between routine/ongoing assessments of capacity, which is a part of everyday care, and more exceptional occasions, when a formal assessment is necessary. In the latter case a formal, documented assessment is now required by the Trust in defined instances.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Capacity, care planning and advance care planning in life limiting illness: a guide for health and social care staff

NHS Improving Quality

This guide is for health and social care staff who are involved in care planning and decision making for people with life limiting illness. The guide looks at the importance of assessing a person’s capacity to make particular decisions about their care and treatment and of acting in the best interests of those who are assessed as lacking capacity to make these decisions. It also clarifies the differences and relationship between care planning and advance care planning.  Sections cover capacity, including the two stage test for capacity; care planning; advance care planning and End of Life Care core competences.

Last updated on hub: 12 September 2019

Comment: advance decisions to refuse treatment (ADRT) forms in dementia

King's College London

A brief review of the Compassion in Dying advance decisions form (plus accompanying guidance notes) and the Alzheimer’s Society form.

Last updated on hub: 09 September 2020

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