The Mental Capacity Act covers all sorts of decisions that affect people aged 16 who may lack the capacity to make decisions about their own care and treatment. It also allows for people to plan ahead in case they may lack capacity in the future.
This allows somebody to make decisions for you, if you're unable to make decisions for yourself.
Everyone working with and/or caring for you must comply with this act when making decisions or acting on your behalf. The same rules apply whether the decisions are life-changing events or everyday matters.
Click here to read more about it on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.
Liberty Protection Safeguards were recently added as an amendment to the act. Click here to find out more.
Help and support
If you would like to discuss the act and its impact on you then you could contact the following:
Your consultant or community worker can help with any specific queries you may have. If you're not sure of their contact details, you can contact them through the service they work for. Click here to find service contact information.
PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)
You can contact PALS by email, phone (with 24 hour voicemail) or through the contact us form:
Phone: 0161 716 3178
Independent mental capacity advocates are separate to us and can offer advice and support. Click here for more information about the role.
Details of your local advocates can be found below:
Tameside, Oldham and Stockport IMCA Services
Together for mental wellbeing
Phone: 0754 507 791
Click here to visit their website.
Rochdale and Bury
Rochdale and District Mind
3-11 Drake Street
Tel: 01706 752350