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Nicky Ryder delivering Mental Capacity training at Lancaster University, July 2023

The idea behind Mental Capacity Ltd is simple: to support people’s rights, empower their voice and protect them from harm.

We do this by providing guides, resources, and training for healthcare professionals to support them when carrying out Mental Capacity Assessments, to improve the quality of the decisions being made, and to ultimately, help people make the choices that are right for them.

We also provide professional Mental Capacity Assessments for complex cases, with a detailed report to evidence the assessment, outcome and rationale.

At our heart, we are passionate about helping people live their lives to the full, and want to share our knowledge to help others. For this reason, we make a lot of our training materials available for free on this website. However, if you want more detail, and context-specific advice, then we can provide bespoke training services, either online, or at your premises, depending on where you are based.

For more details, see our services page. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Who we are

We are a brother and sister team based in the North West of England.

Nicky Ryder – BSc

I am a fully qualified Occupational Therapist registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists [HCPC registration: OT63373, RCOT registration: BT0801925]. I am also a passionate mental capacity advocate and have spent many years working both as an independent mental capacity assessor, and as a professional advocate, supporting people no matter what their personal circumstances.

I provide bespoke training and support for healthcare teams with the aim of improving patient outcomes and supporting capacity wherever possible. I can also provide support for dealing with Mental Capacity Assessments in complex cases. For more details, please get in touch.

Nicky Ryder (Occupational Therapist), Director of Mental Capacity Ltd

Mike Ryder – BA(Hons), MA, PhD, PGCAP, SFHEA

I am responsible for the management and marketing side of the Mental Capacity business. On a day-to-day level, this means I help maintain the Mental Capacity website, social media channels, and general business operations. I also help produce the training materials and support Nicky in the delivery of training.

Dr Mike Ryder, Director of Mental Capacity Ltd

Company details

  • Mental Capacity Ltd
  • Company number: 13793187
  • Directors: Michael James Ryder and Nichola Jane Ryder
  • Incorporation date: 10th December 2021