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.

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Mental capacity assessments

On occasion a health or social care professional may be required to carry out what is called 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 Act to people who need the MCA, their carers and others.

Using the Mental Capacity Act