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Making a decision on behalf of a person who lacks capacity

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2020
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This learning module provides an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its role in supporting the right to autonomy of people who, because of their learning, mental health, dementia or other disability, may be excluded from decisions in which they should and can be involved. The module also considers situations in which people need support in making decisions and how such support can be given. Finally, it outlines the principles to be followed when making a decision on behalf of a person who lacks capacity.

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Helen Taylor, Senior lecturer in health law, University of Worcester.


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