We are pleased to announce that our co-director Nicky Ryder has a piece featured in OT News (April 2022) that looks at awareness raising and education within the multidisciplinary team surrounding grading and adapting. The article also includes her own proposed basic hierarchy to support application in practice.Read More »Mental Capacity Ltd in OT News
In the first of a three-part blog series, Case Manager and Independent Best Interest Assessor Eleanor Tallon shares her thoughts on DoLS reform, and some of the issues leading to its replacement with the forthcoming Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).Read More »DoLS: A case for reform
When it comes to Mental Capacity Assessments, ‘retention’ refers to an individual’s ability to recollect relevant information relating to a specific decision. However, in assessing for retention, it is also important to take into account the second principle of the Mental Capacity Act, which states that we should actively support capacity wherever possible. Therefore, as assessors, we should provide sufficient support to enable retention where possible – be it through labelled items, social stories, easy read guides or so on.Read More »What is retention?
The UK Government has launched an open consultation around changes to the MCA Code of Practice and implementation of the LPS. The consultation document is available for anyone to access and can be downloaded in a number of different formats, including a draft version of the new Code. Professionals are encouraged to read the document(s) as appropriate and feedback via online forms. There is no requirement to study the complete set of proposals in order to take part.Read More »Reflecting on changes to the MCA Code of Practice (Part 1)
LEGO has launched a new kit designed to help ease children’s anxieties around using an MRI scanner. This fantastic toy helps bridge the gap in understanding around what is going to happen, putting the process of an MRI scan in terms that a child can understand, facilitating their comprehension and thereby reducing anxiety around the whole process.Read More »Using LEGO to support capacity and enable informed consent
At its most basic level, ‘understanding’ refers to ‘comprehension’ or ‘insight’ – the ability to apply knowledge to a specific topic or situation. However, in terms of the criteria for Mental Capacity Assessments, these definitions are perhaps a little broad. This is because when we test for capacity, we are not looking for an in-depth understanding of a specific topic, but rather an ability to ‘grasp’ the concept within the context of the individual’s own situation.Read More »What is ‘understanding’?
The Mental Capacity Act (2005) exists to protect vulnerable individuals who may lack capacity to make a specific decision at a specific time. It ensures that any decision that is made on their behalf is made in their Best Interest, and is the Least Restrictive Option.Read More »Five key principles of the Mental Capacity Act
We are excited to announce the first dates for our new webinar series designed to raise awareness, strengthen skills and build confidence in applying the Mental Capacity Act (2005) in health and care settings. Each 3-hour session will look at the Mental Capacity Act as a whole including how to assess, what questions to ask, Best Interest decisions and the forthcoming Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).Read More »New Mental Capacity webinars for 2022
There are many different forms of communication, both verbal and non-verbal in nature. While many of us will take communication for granted, others need a little more support. Thankfully there are a range of relatively low-tech aids available to support those with complex communication needs. These include Makaton, PECS and Talking Mats – all of which are put to good use across education and healthcare settings to promote inclusion and person-centred care.Read More »Supporting capacity with augmentative communication aids