This Mental Capacity Assessment provides a framework to protect and restore power to those who may lack capacity, or who have reduced capacity to make a particular decision at a particular time. It places the adult who is being assessed at the centre of the decision making process.
The form is divided into the following sections:
It also contains some guidance and links to explanatory information.
As the assessor, you should ensure you distinguish facts from opinion throughout the assessment.
None of the information entered into this online form will be stored by us. It will be sent directly to the email address provided.
Is there an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment in place that covers this decision?
See Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment.
See Mental Capacity Assessment and Customer Journey for more information.
For example carers, GP, doctors, district nurses etc. This should include interviews, records and discussions including past and present wishes of the person concerned, which should be attached/included in this assessment.
Check if there is a place or time of day that would most suit them.
Including the reason that capacity is being questioned, the rationale and purpose of the assessment and possible outcomes.
There are five principles that must guide all of the assessment and must be evidenced in your recording:
If you answer no to questions 1- 3 the mental capacity assessment must stop as the person does not meet the diagnostic requirements for using the mental capacity act.
If the assessment is stopped at this point – ensure that consideration is given and action taken to support and protect the person concerned if needed.
e.g Adult safeguarding referral, Needs and Wellbeing Assessment, Care Act Advocate.
This could include for example a case conference, obtaining a second opinion, mediation, referral to the Court of Protection.)