Mental Capacity Act 2005 Multi-Agency Policy, Procedure and Guidance
The MCA 2005 provides a statutory and quality framework to empower and protect some of the most vulnerable people in society. It makes it clear who can take decisions, in which situations, and how they should go about this in respect of people who lack capacity to make particular decisions for themselves. It also enables any member of the community to plan for the time when they may lack capacity.
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This multi-agency MCA policy was developed under the auspices of the Gloucestershire Local Implementation Network (LIN) and has been revised under the MCA Governance Group (MCAGG). The latter is made up of senior representatives of GCC, all Health Trusts, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG), Healthwatch, South West Ambulance Service and Gloucestershire Police. It is intended it will be endorsed by a number of local and independent and voluntary organisations.
The policy contains a number of specific tools to enable staff to more effectively implement the Act, such as capacity assessment forms for day to day decisions, a form for significant decisions, and a booklet that allows the recording of advance statements and Advance Decisions. In the Downloads section (below) documents 'MCA1' to 'MCA 19' are appendices to the main policy document. The appendices include copies of forms and letters some of which are available to GCC staff in ERIC.