Mental Capacity

NCL Wide
Under Review — this page was due to be reviewed by Friday, 21 October 2022. The information shown here may be outdated.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 embodies a legal framework to empower people to make decisions for themselves as much as possible and to protect people who may not be able to make some decisions. 

The MCA applies to anyone aged 16 or over in England and Wales, with the exception of making a Lasting Power of Attorney, making a will, or an advanced decision to refuse treatment; for these purposes, a person must be 18 or over. 

Capacity is unrelated to a person’s age, gender, condition or any aspect of their behaviour. The MCA lays down the firm principle that because a person cannot make a particular decision it does not automatically follow they cannot make the next one required of them.

Tools for Mental Capacity Assessment

Visit the Overview of IT tools page to access a template designed to support GPs to assess and record the capacity of patients to make decisions at a specific time, and to make appropriate decisions for those assessed as lacking capacity. The template has been designed by a pan-London working group of GPs, CCG adult safeguarding leads, RCGP and NHS England.


Review date: Friday, 21 October 2022

NCL Safeguarding Coordinator

Danusan Sathiyaseelan

NCL Wide

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Raju Raithatha

Barnet

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Charmain Nicolas

Barnet

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Dee Hora

Camden

Designated Professional Safeguarding Adults

Sarah Philip

Camden

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Cristina López-Peig

Enfield

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Eva Rix

Enfield

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Lionel Sherman

Haringey

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Victor Nene

Haringey

Named GP for Safeguarding Adults

Dr Dee Hora

Islington

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

Karen Brown

Islington

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Camden CCG Mental Capacity Policy