MCA resources on Advance decision

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Make a lasting power of attorney on GOV.UK

Office of the Public Guardian

Ann explains how simple she found it to make a lasting power of attorney using the new digital service on GOV.UK.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

Lasting powers of attorney (LPA) forms

Her Majesty's Government

UK Government's publications, guidance and forms relating to lasting power of attorney.

Last updated on hub: 07 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

Your treatment and care: planning ahead for the LGBT community

Compassion In Dying

This guide aims to help LGBT people record their wishes to ensure they’re respected if they can’t make a decision for themselves or tell people what they want. It provides an introduction to the ways they can plan ahead for their future treatment and care, by making a: lasting power of attorney for health and welfare; advance decision; advance statement. It explains their rights under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, which applies England and Wales.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

Advance decision (‘living will’) and lasting power of attorney for health and welfare: what is the difference and can I have both?

Compassion In Dying

This factsheet provides essential information on advance decision, lasting power of attorney for health and welfare, and capacity.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

Next of kin: understanding decision-making authorities

National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice

This leaflet clarifies how people can plan ways, with their families, to ensure their wishes are taken into account if through illness they cannot take decisions for themselves.

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

The Mental Capacity Act requirements when an individual lacks the mental capacity to consent to treatment and care

National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice

This document is part of a series of brief guides to help all health and social care professionals navigate through and apply the principles of the Mental Capacity Act for decisions regarding treatment and care. It sets out alternative decision-making approaches in the event that a person does not have mental capacity to give consent to a proposed treatment. It looks at the role of advance decisions to refuse treatment, lasting powers of attorney for health and welfare and discusses situations where the Court of Protection may need to be involved. The guide also covers advance care plans, independent mental capacity advocates, and best interest decisions.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 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

The Myth of Next of kin: why you need a lasting power of attorney

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This video sets out the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment, both part of the Mental Capacity Act, as the best ways to maintain your control over decision-making.

Last updated on hub: 26 July 2018

Increasing understanding and uptake of advance decisions in Wales

Public Policy Institute for Wales

This report draws on an examination of the literature and consultation with stakeholders directly involved in advance decisions to refuse treatment (ADRT) to identify ways of increasing awareness and uptake of ADRTs in Wales. The report looks at the current legal position in England and Wales, the current update and effectiveness of advance treatment refusals, attitudes to advance decisions and the views of health and social care practitioners. Barriers to the uptake up of ADRTs identified, include: misunderstanding about what is involved; scepticism about whether the patient’s wishes will be respected; and the mistaken belief that an ADRT is unnecessary if someone has already informed family members or healthcare professionals of what they would want. The report recommends actions for the Welsh Government, charities and other organisations to ensure people understand their options for advance care planning and their right to refuse treatment, if they so wish. These include: an increase in public education; correcting official forms that may mislead people about the legal status of their own or a relative’s expressed wishes; facilitating access to well designed ADRT forms/guidance and skilled support; normalising ADRTs (e.g. offering registration when patients sign up with a GP); training relevant practitioners to ensure that they understand what ADRTs are (and when they are valid and applicable), are able to provide appropriate guidance or referral, and can act in accordance with the law concerning them.

Last updated on hub: 15 February 2016

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