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A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Putting the Principles of the Act into Practice

This book is a long overdue and valuable resource for every nurse, whatever their seniority or department. Many health professionals view the Mental Capacity Act as either an optional extra to issues of patient consent to care and treatment, or as nothing to do with general nursing

This book is a long overdue and valuable resource for every nurse, whatever their seniority or department. Many health professionals view the Mental Capacity Act as either an optional extra to issues of patient consent to care and treatment, or as nothing to do with general nursing.

The authors have written an easy-to-read guide that should enable every health and social care professional to understand how the act affects them in everyday practice.

Although not a law book, the guide explains how professionals should apply the law. It is full of scenarios, examples and excerpts from case law. It covers issues such as the culture of care and assessing and maximising capacity, to advocacy, best interest and the law relating to lasting powers of attorney and advance decisions. It explores traditional views and challenges readers to consider their own use of power in decision making.

The foreword is written by mental health capacity barrister Alex Ruck Keene – in itself an endorsement of the value of this book.

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