Mental Capacity Act
The Mental Capacity Act is a law that came into force in 2007. It covers all sorts of decisions where people aged 16 and over may lack capacity. It also allows for people to plan ahead in case they may lack capacity in the future.
The Mental Capacity Act allows somebody to make decisions for a service user, if they are not able to make decisions for themselves.
Everyone working with and/or caring for an adult who may lack capacity to make specific decisions must comply with this Act when making decisions or acting for that person, when the person lacks the capacity to make a particular decision for themselves. The same rules apply whether the decisions are life-changing events or everyday matters.
These leaflets provide introductory information on the Mental Capacity Act and have been produced by the Department of Constitutional Affairs.
These leaflets are also available in other languages from the Department for Constitutional Affairs website.
Help and support
If you would like to discuss the MCA and its impact on you then you could contact the following;
Pennine Care contacts
You may contact your consultant or community worker for specific information.
PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)Contact the Patient queries (PALS)
Senior PALS Officer: 0161 716 3178 (24 hour answer phone)
Local authority MCA lead officer
Bury MBC - 0161 253 5000
Oldham MBC - 0161 770 3000
Rochdale MBC - 01706 647474
Stockport MBC - 0161 480 4949
Tameside MBC - 0161 342 5252
Independent mental capacity advocates (IMCA)
Tameside, Oldham, Stockport IMCA Service
Advocacy Experience Ltd
4 Harvard Court
Quay Business Centre