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

This guide to mental capacity is long overdue and a valuable resource for every nurse in any setting or department

This guide to mental capacity is long overdue and a valuable resource for every nurse in any setting or department.

For many health professionals, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) has been perceived as either a bolt-on optional extra to issues of consent or as nothing to do with general nursing because it contains the word ‘mental’.

The authors have written an easy-to-read book that demystifies the MCA. Most importantly, it will enable every health and social care professional to understand how the MCA affects them in everyday practice, and how they and other healthcare professionals should apply the legislation.

The book is full of scenarios and examples and also excerpts from case law. The chapters are succinct and provide valuable information on the culture of care, how to maximise and assess capacity, advocacy and empowerment and advance care planning. They also provide information on, for example, the law relating to lasting power of attorney, best interests, and liberty and choice.

As well as being practical, the book encourages reflection as it explores traditional views and challenges readers to begin to consider their own use of power in decision making.

Barrister Alex Ruck Keene, whose practice is focused on mental capacity law, provides the foreword, an endorsement in its own right of the value of this book to every professional.

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