Health and social care workers: Mental Capacity Act decisions

How the Mental Capacity Act 2005 applies to health and social care staff.

Applies to England and Wales


Making decisions: a guide for people who work in health and social care (OPG603)

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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) applies to everyone in England and Wales involved in the care, treatment or support of people who are:

  • aged 16 and over
  • unable to make all or some decisions for themselves

The guidance is an overview of the MCA.

The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice has more detail and examples.

MCA Mental Capacity Act 2005

Published 1 April 2009
Last updated 10 May 2023 + show all updates
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