Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves because they lack the mental capacity to do so. This could be due to dementia, a mental health condition, a learning difficulty, a brain injury, a stroke, a sudden accident or a range of other conditions. If this impairment of, or disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain is sufficient to prevent them being able to make a decision, the person is said to ‘lack capacity’ in relation to that decision and someone else must make the decision on their behalf. The MCA sets out the legal framework for deciding whether a person can make a decision and, if they can’t, who can make it for them and how this should be done.
The Dorset Council MCA Team is here to support those living and working with people who may lack the capacity to make some decisions for themselves. The team provides advice, information, support and training to promote the use of the MCA and encourage good practice that protects the rights and wellbeing of people lacking capacity.
The MCA also sets out ways for people to plan for a time when they might lack capacity. The MCA Team promotes the use of Advance Decisions and Lasting Powers of Attorney as part of this planning for the future.
If you care for someone who lacks capacity, the MCA sets out when and how you can make decisions for them. There is lots of information to support you as you do this and the MCA Team can also offer advice and information.
Making decisions. A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers - this covers the Court of Protection, Deputies and Power of Attorney.
If you have any questions about caring and the Mental Capacity Act:
MCA and DoLS newsletter
The Mental Capacity Act Team Newsletter - Summer Edition 2020 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.
Please note: We are not a Mental Health Service. 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.