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Reflections on the NMCF Annual Report 2022–2023

The National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) is a working initiative between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department of Health and Social Care (DoHSC). The core purpose for the forum is to improve implementation of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), for which it has been releasing annual reports since 2016. The latest report for the period 2022-2023 has just been published (May 2024), and is recommended reading for anyone working in the field.

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Modernising Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is an important form of advanced decision making giving people the option to assign a trusted person (or persons) to make decisions on their behalf should they ever lack capacity in the future.

However, the role of LPA is not always well understood, and has often been misapplied or even in some cases neglected by some professional teams who may lack sufficient training.