The Mental Capacity Act (2005) governs decision-making processes on
behalf of adults who are unable to give informed consent, whether
they lose mental capacity at some point in their lives due to
illness or injury or where the incapacitating condition has been
present since birth.
Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity will assist practitioners in
understanding the basic provisions of the Act and how it applies to
their professional responsibilities. It is also intended to be of
assistance to the many carers who find themselves in the position
of needing to make decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated
relatives and friends. Each chapter sets out the basis provisions,
followed by a series of scenarios dealing with practical concerns
which are discussed in the light of the new legislation.
- A practical guide to the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act
- Easily accessible for those with no legal background
- Includes scenarios illustrating different legal points
- Explores the background to the legislation, including
determination of capacity and the definition of best
Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity is an essential resource for
all healthcare and social services professionals, patient services
managers and carers working with those who lack the capacity to
make their own decisions.
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