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Mental Capacity Act e-learning

Published: 25 September, 2019

Mental capacity is the ability to make a specific decision at the time it needs to be made, with help if necessary. The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) lays out how an individual can retain power over decisions that have to be made in the future, if they should lose capacity.  It is by following the MCA that professionals ensure they are acting lawfully and respecting the human rights of people who may lack capacity to consent to interventions that are proposed.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with organisation including the Office of the Public Guardian, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Department of Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission and Ministry of Justice to develop an e-learning programme for health and care professionals about the Mental Capacity Act.

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Last updated: 23 September, 2019

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