The Mental Capacity Act at your finger tips

Our online Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit has been developed to support practitioners working in statutory social care or healthcare to understand the Act and practice confidently when assessing mental capacity and making decisions.

Key benefits

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit replicates our trusted approach to online procedures it:

  • Makes sense of the statutory requirements of the Mental Capacity Act in a practical way
  • Is relevant and helpful to a range of practice situations
  • Includes a range of tools, case examples and practice guidance
  • Is accessible, user friendly and well structured
  • Is mobile compatible and LIVE - up-to-date and reflective of case law, changes in legislation and best practice

Full list of contents

Designed specifically to meet the needs of practitioners working in statutory social care or healthcare, our Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit is divided into the following sections; 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Option 1: Annual Subscription

Independent health and social care practitioners and organisations can access The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit via an annual subscription at www.signisgroupproducts.com

Option 2: Adult Social Care Procedures customers

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit is included in the cost of the tri.x adult social care procedures. Users can access it from the tab on the procedure site homepage.

Adult social care procedures customers should not subscribe through Signis Group Products as they will be charged.

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.

Annual Subscription costs

A range of subscription levels are available, including individual subscriptions for independent practitioners (£30 per annum), and subscriptions for small, medium and large organisations (up to 100 users). Organisations with between 60 and 100 users can expect to pay an average of just £12.50 per user, making this an affordable and cost effective use of resources. When subscribing simply select the subscription level that is right for you.

Please note: The subscription cost for large organisations with more than 100 users will be negotiated and agreed based on individual circumstances.

Adult Social Care Procedures customers

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit is included in the cost of the tri.x adult social care procedures.

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