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Mental Capacity Act and DoLS Sub Group

Overall purpose of the MCA and DoLS sub group

As a sub group of the HSAB, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) sub group should provide clear leadership in the promotion of the application of the MCA/DoLS in everyday clinical practice and ensure that a framework is in place to support staff in relation to their responsibilities and monitor compliance with this legislation.

MCA and DoLS Resources

We have developed a range of resources to help you understand and apply the legislation relating to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Mental Capacity Act (MCA) information leaflet

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) information leaflet

HSAB Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Policy January 2018

HSAB Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Policy January 2018

Mental Capacity Assessment / Best Interest form

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Standard authorisation – your rights

MCA a guide for families

DoLS a guide for families

Court of Protection. a guide for families

Lasting Power of Attorneys, a guide for families

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board Guidance for agencies in relation to Lasting Power of Attorney

MCA leaflet final April 2016

DoLS leaflet final May 2016   -  This is a free and simple website from the charity Compassion in Dying that takes you step by step through creating a legal advance decision online that can then be printed out.

Leaflet  - Next of Kin: Understanding decision making authorities

The term ‘Next of Kin’ is often used in Health and Social Care as a euphemistic shorthand for ‘Who is the person we communicate with about you and who do we contact when you are dead?’

In law the term has no status when you are alive - it is misleading too because it does not clarify if this is the person who is your nearest relative or the person most important to you. Indeed, these are often different people.

There is also a lot of MCA and DoLS related information and resources on the Local Government Association website including information leaflets, best practice guidance for ADASS/DH Form 3 (Best Interest Assessors form), and a promoting less restrictive practice toolkit.