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Assessing capacity around unfamiliar topics

There are many elements of daily life that we don’t learn about until we reach certain stages of our lives or have greater levels of independence in our everyday lives. For example, on first moving away from a parents or caregivers home, a whole new world of experiences and responsibilities will suddenly occur. This can be anything from how to change a lightbulb or put up a shelf, to how to organise a loan or buy a car.

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Case study: How to document a Mental Capacity Assessment

The way professionals document mental capacity tests can vary greatly across the health and care sectors. In some cases, professionals are not yet using the updated assessment format of Functional and then Diagnostic. More worrying still is that in some cases it’s not just the documentation format that varies, but the quality of the content that is recorded.

In this blog, we examine two example assessments, using the case of Dylan to show the impact documentation can have on the outcomes of an assessment.

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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016: Overview Part 3

Each of us have a Right to Liberty, as outlined in the Human Rights Act (article 5). However, in certain circumstances, these Rights can be significantly reduced and infringed upon. Typically, this would be in a healthcare setting, where certain liberties may be restricted in order to protect the individual, or others, from harm.


Case study: Mental Capacity Assessment for placement decisions

Mental Capacity case studies help us apply knowledge in action. They can help us visualise scenarios and understand processes, as well as challenges, before considering the who, what, when, where and how.

In today’s blog, we start a series of case studies that explore particular aspects of the Mental Capacity Act within everyday practice. To help us with this, we will draw on familiar characters from the worlds of TV, film and literature that give an array of contexts and presentations.

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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016: Overview Part 2

A key focus of the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) is the Deprivation of Liberty, also known as DoL. While there are some similarities with the MCA for England and Wales, there are some key differences in how the process works in Northern Ireland. In particular, there are two separate Codes of Practice that professionals must adhere to. The process for conducting an assessment is also slightly different.

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Understanding the difference between LPA and Deputy

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a trusted person (or persons) assigned to make decisions on behalf of someone who lacks capacity to make decisions for themselves. Crucially, LPAs are assigned by an individual while they still have capacity, as a means of preserving their wishes should they become unable to make decisions for themselves at some point in the future.