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.
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:
Making decisions about your health, welfare or finances. Who decides when you can't?
Making decisions. A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers
Applying the Mental Capacity Act informs you about the Court of Protection, court-appointed deputies, the Public Guardian and independent mental health advocates. Advanced Decisions advises you how someone can make their wishes about life-saving treatment known in advance.
MCA and DoLS newsletter
Dorset MCA and DoLS Team newsletter - The Round-Up (Summer 2018) is jointly produced with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.
Mental Capacity Act Briefing document for staff
Contact the MCA Team