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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 in issues of consent when it comes to their patients care and treatment, or as nothing to do with general nursing.

Matthew Graham and Jakki Cowley have written an easy-to-read guide that, most importantly, enables 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.

The chapters are succinct and give valuable information on everything from 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.

As well as being practical, the book encourages reflection by exploring traditional views and challenging the reader to consider their own

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Many health professionals view the Mental Capacity Act as either an optional extra in issues of consent when it comes to their patients’ care and treatment, or as nothing to do with general nursing.

Matthew Graham and Jakki Cowley have written an easy-to-read guide that, most importantly, enables 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.

The chapters are succinct and give valuable information on everything from 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.

As well as being practical, the book encourages reflection by exploring traditional views and challenging the reader 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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