Mental Capacity

Supporting the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act


The Mental Capacity Act applies in England and Wales and requires all professional staff involved in the care and treatment of people who may lack capacity to keep a record of long-term or significant decisions made about mental capacity. Clinical decisions regarding capacity can be complex and sensitive ones.

It is essential that documentation:

  • Supports rather than complicates the process of decision-making
  • Is simple and straightforward to use
  • Meets the key requirements of the Act without being unnecessarily bureaucratic or onerous

The FACE Mental Capacity Assessment is designed to support best practice and ensure that you both meet the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act in an appropriate and easy to understand manner.

It is designed to set out in clear and simple terms:

  • What the decision was
  • Why the decision was made
  • How the decision was made

A simple and clear guidance document answers all ‘frequently asked questions’ in clear English, providing an invaluable training and supporting resource.

Development of the FACE Mental Capacity Assessment involved close consultation with both legal experts involved with the Mental Capacity Act and with a wide range of practitioners.


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