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A Concise Guide to the Mental Capacity Act: Basic Principles in Practice

ISBN13: 9781032070599
To be Published: December 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99

This book provides a clear introduction to the Mental Capacity Act (2005), offering an easy reference guide to the complex issues enshrined within the Act to inform the everyday practice of those who need to perform within its parameters as part of their day-to-day work.

Bringing together clinical neuropsychology expertise with legal commentary, the book introduces the main principles and presumptions of the MCA (2005) and describes the processes involved in the comprehensive assessment of what can, in practice, be complex issues. It provides learning summaries, flow charts, checklists, and web references for easy to access resources. The chapters also contain a broad range of illustrative case examples with considerable emphasis given to those areas of complexity that are not addressed in current guidance and which often prove contentious in everyday practice, such as how particular forms of brain injury can lead to hidden difficulties with decision-making which can be challenging to assess and evidence in practice.

The book is essential reading for trainee nurses, doctors, paramedics, social workers, lawyers, psychologists and health and social care support workers, as well as experienced health and social care professionals such as ward managers and care & nursing home managers who face mental capacity issues in their day to day working role.

Mental Health Law
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
Chapter 2. How do we make decisions and how do we assess decision-making?
Chapter 3. What do I need to know about depriving someone of their liberty?
(With assistance from Karen Jackson, Consultant Solicitor)
Chapter 4. What is the "General Defence"?
Chapter 5. Complex and challenging issues in MCA from frontal lobe paradox, giving evidence in the Court of Protection to how to deal with an impasse in Best Interests
Chapter 6. Common Assessments of Mental Capacity – cases to consider