Mental Capacity

NCL Wide

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 embodies a legal framework to empower people to make decisions for themselves as much as possible and to protect people who may not be able to make some decisions. 

The MCA applies to anyone aged 16 or over in England and Wales with the exception of making a Lasting Power of Attorney, making a will or an advanced decision to refuse treatment; for these purposes a person must be 18 or over. 

Capacity is unrelated to a person’s age, gender, condition or any aspect of their behaviour. The MCA lays down the firm principle that because a person cannot make a particular decision it does not automatically follow they cannot make the next one required of them.

Tools for Mental Capacity Assessment

Template to support GPs to assess and record the capacity of patients to make decisions at a specific time and make appropriate decisions for those assessed as lacking capacity. The template has been designed by a pan-London working group of GPs, CCG adult safeguarding leads, RCGP and NHS England.

Danusan Sathiyaseelan

NCL Wide

NCL Safeguarding Coordinator

Dr Raju Raithatha

Barnet

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Heather Wilson

Barnet

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Dee Hora

Camden

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Sarah Philip

Camden

Designated Professional Safeguarding Adults

Dr Cristina López-Peig

Enfield

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Eva Rix

Enfield

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Lionel Sherman

Haringey

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Victor Nene

Haringey

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Dee Hora

Islington

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Karen Brown

Islington

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Camden CCG Mental Capacity Policy

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