MCA resources on assessment

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Mental capacity assessment and best interest forms

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Forms to be used for the assessment and best interest review of patients who lack capacity to make a specific decision.

Last updated on hub: 20 September 2020

Consent, capacity and best interests assessment for health and social care interventions

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

This flowchart describes the process of assessing capacity and best interests decision making for health and social care interventions.

Last updated on hub: 19 September 2020

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS): a guide for family and carers

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

A brief outline of what Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are and who they apply to; and how deprivation of liberty is assessed and what happens it deprivation of liberty is occurring.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Assessment of mental capacity and determination of best interests

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

A mental capacity assessment and best interests determination form. The document includes a summary of key steps in assessing capacity, the principles of assessing capacity, what demonstrates decision-making capacity and considerations for the determination of an individual's best interests.

Last updated on hub: 17 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

Mental capacity assessment and best interest decision making form

NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group

A capacity assessment form for use when key decisions about care or treatment are planned and there is some doubt about whether the patient is able to make the decision for themselves.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards audit: file audit to test compliance with Mental Capacity Act 2005

NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group

This is an audit form to confirm whether a person’s records contain evidence that the person has been involved in any decision-making process and supported to make their own decisions about their care/treatment; evidence that an assessment of the person’s capacity (to make their own decision about their care/treatment) has been carried out in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its Code of Practice; and evidence that a determination of best interests has been carried out in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its Code of Practice.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Standard Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards [Quality framework]

NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group

A tool to help assess compliance with the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Mental Capacity Act 2005 audit tool

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Mental capacity assessment audit template.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Case study three: Mr N – move to care home with no consultation

Department of Health and Social Care

A case study focusing on a patient not being consulted in the decision about being discharged from hospital into a care home. However, after meeting with an IMCA it was decided that he did in fact have the capacity to decide where he wanted to live and was returned home with an appropriate care package. The case study has been drawn together by the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, and POhWER, a major provider of advocacy services, and shows how IMCAs can act as a powerful support to people who may lack capacity.

Last updated on hub: 16 September 2020

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