Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team
The Mental Capacity Act is designed to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to do so. Depending on the degree of severity this could be due to a mental health condition, a learning difficulty, a brain injury, a stroke or unconsciousness due to an anaesthetic or sudden accident.
You may want to plan ahead for when you do not have capacity, or you might be caring for someone who is not able to make decisions for themselves.
If you have any questions about caring and the Mental Capacity Act:
Making decisions. A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers - this covers the Court of Protection, Deputies and Power of Attorney.
Advanced Decisions, living wills and end of life care advises you how someone can make their wishes about life-saving treatment known in advance.
MCA and DoLS newsletter
Dorset MCA and DoLS Team newsletter - The Round-Up (Winter 2018) is jointly produced with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.
Contact the MCA Team
The MCA Team opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm Mon to Thurs and 8.30am to 4pm Friday. If you are seeking support for your mental health please contact your GP during surgery hours or dial 111 outside of those times. Alternatively please phone the Emergency Duty outside of office hours on 01305 858250.