Mental capacity

Having mental capacity means you are able to make your own decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is designed to protect and empower adults who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment.

Download our factsheet to find out more:

Factsheet: A brief guide to the Mental Capacity Act

Mental capacity assessment

On occasion a health or social care professional may need to carry out a mental capacity assessment. If a person is found to lack capacity it may mean that someone needs to be granted lasting power of attorney to take decisions on that person’s behalf.

Using the Mental Capacity Act

This video explains the Mental Capacity Act to people who need it, their carers and others.

- Using the Mental Capacity Act

Watch on YouTube: "Using the Mental Capacity Act"