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Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team

The Mental Capacity Act is designed to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to do so. This could be due to a mental health condition, a severe learning difficulty, a brain injury, a stroke or unconsciousness due to an anaesthetic or sudden accident.

This  video (opens in a new window) provides an overview of the Mental Capacity Act.

Information video for parents and carers (opens in a new window).

You may want to plan ahead for when you do not have capacity, or you might be caring for someone who is not able to make decisions for themselves.

If you have any questions about caring and the Mental Capacity Act, call the  Carers Direct helpline (opens in a new window) on 0300 123 1053.

Making decisions about your health, welfare or finances. Who decides when you can't? (opens in a new window)

Making decisions. A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers (opens in a new window)

Applying the Mental Capacity Act (opens in a new window) informs you about the Court of Protection, court-appointed deputies, the Public Guardian and independent mental health advocates.  The Advance decisions (opens in a new window) advises you how someone can make their wishes about life-saving treatment known in advance.

MCA and DoLS newsletter

The  Dorset MCA and DoLS Team newsletter - The Round-Up (Spring 2018) (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) is jointly produced with the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.


Mental Capacity Act Briefing document for staff (pdf, 457kb) (opens in a new window)

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