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

A great deal of effort has already been made to help nurses embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act into their practice. This book is testament to the fact that not all those efforts have yet borne fruit.

A great deal of effort has already been made to help nurses embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act into their practice. This book is testament to the fact that not all those efforts have yet borne fruit.

The act emphasises empowerment and the promotion of human rights but, due to the prevailing cultures of paternalism and risk aversion, not all mental health services have followed suit.

The authors, who have considerable experience as trainers and educators, have achieved a remarkable feat in writing an authoritative, and yet accessible, book that demystifies the legislative complexities that otherwise put off so many people from using the Act in practice.

The book provides ample opportunity for nurses to critically analyse their own practice. With a range of case studies, checklists and other practical examples, the book cross-references the two codes of practice and also explains recent case law decisions in the UK Supreme Court.

There are chapters on the culture of care, maximising capacity, assessing capacity, advocacy and empowerment, advance care planning, best interests, and liberty and choice.

This is an excellent book and should be essential reading.

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