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.

Published 1 April 2009