Mental Capacity Act Resource
and Practice Toolkit

Making sense of the statutory requirements of the Mental Capacity Act in a practical way our Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit;

  • Is user friendly and well structured
  • Includes a suite of exclusive tools, case examples and practice guidance
  • Is accessible 24/7 from a range of devices (including mobile phones)
  • Is regularly updated to reflect case law, changes in legislation and best practice
  • Does not require a contractual agreement
  • Is available to individuals, teams and organisations
  • Offers a range of affordable and cost effective annual subscription options
  • Secure online card payments

Understanding the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Using the Act, the Regulations and the Code of Practice this section of the resource explains the key principles and requirements of the Act in a practical and accessible way.

  • Introduction, Purpose and principles of the Act
  • Assessing mental capacity and making decisions
  • The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • The Court of Protection, Deputy's and the public Guardian
  • Lasting Power of Attorney and advance decisions to refuse treatment
  • Ill treatment or willful neglect

Supporting people to make decisions and assessing capacity

After setting out the specific requirements of a Mental Capacity Assessment under the Act, this section of the resource provides practical guidance, examples and resources to build confidence and knowledge in practitioners with responsibility for carrying out assessments.

  • Supporting people to make their own decisions
  • The Mental Capacity Assessment
  • Top tips for supported decision making and mental capacity assessment
  • Practice examples and resources for complex and major decisions

Making Best Interest decisions

This section of the resource sets out the specific requirements for making Best Interest decisions under the Act, and includes guidance and resources to support Decision Makers to make effective and good decisions under the Act.

  • When to use this guidance
  • The Best Interests principle and the role of the decision maker
  • Preparing to make a decision
  • The best interests case conference
  • Making a best interests decision
  • Implementing a best interests decision
  • Reviewing a best interests decision
  • Managing disagreement

The Court of Protection

Linking to the Court of Protection requirements set out in the Act, this section of the resource provides tools to support practitioners to decide whether an application to the Court is needed, and if so how to complete an application and prepare a witness statement.

  • Introduction, your role, and the role of legal support
  • Before an application is made
  • The application process
  • Court of protection forms
  • Attending Court

Understanding Deprivation of Liberty safeguards

Using Schedules A1 and 1A of the Act, and the DoLS Code of Practice this section explains the statutory requirements of the DoLS framework in a practical and accessible way.

  • Using this guidance, keywords and forms
  • When the deprivation of liberty safeguards apply
  • Requesting a Standard Authorisation
  • The assessment of qualifying requirements for a Standard Authorisation
  • The Best Interests assessment
  • The Eligibility assessment
  • Granting a Standard Authorisation
  • The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • The Relevant Persons Representative
  • Reviewing, suspending and ending a standard authorisation
  • The power of any eligible person to request a deprivation is considered
  • Urgent authorisations

Link to the full Act

For anyone wishing to know more this section of the resource provides a direct link to the most recent version of the full enacted Act.

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005

Link to Codes of Practice

For anyone needing to give regard to the Code of Practice for the Mental Capacity Act, or the Code of Practice for the DoLS framework direct links can be found here.

  • The Mental Capcity Act 2005 Code of Practice
  • The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards supplementary Code of Practice

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Frequently Asked Questions

A resource that is LIVE is standalone and, because it is not dependent on any other product updates we can make changes to it quickly, easily and as often as we need to so that it always reflects the most recent legislation, case law and good practice guidance.

Our Editorial Board meets regularly to review changes to legislation, case law and best practice and consider the best way to integrate them into the resource. These are then communicated to our formatting team who make the changes. All users are then notified of the amendment made.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit is a Signis Group product and cannot be localised. However, it contains everything you practitioners will need to know to understand and apply the Act.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit is written primarily for practitioners working in social care and health. However the principles and requirements of the Act apply to everyone working with adults and young people from the age of 16, so yes it would be useful to you.

No. As a tri.x adult procedures customer you should have access to the resource from the procedures site. If you are having difficulty accessing the resource speak to your local procedures contact.

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