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A new law seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care and to reduce the burden on local authorities. Read more here.

A 16-page best practice guide on adult safeguarding has been published by the East Anglia and NHS Adult Safeguarding Forum. The Forum says its Adult Safeguarding Best Practice Guidance for Providers of Healthcare in East Anglia and Essex  has received “phenomenal” feeback in terms of the value of the resource for health and social care providers and practitioners.

The Law Commission’s report Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty has been published and is awaiting a response from the Government. Click here for more information.

Guidance on applying the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in intensive care settings has been issued in response to a landmark court ruling. Click here.

A paper on the CareKnowledge website about understanding of the Mental Capacity Act in work with older adults exploring the “unintended consequences” for service users’ emotional wellbeing.

A video by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) explains the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and how they work in practice for people who may lack capacity.  It also looks at how the Act supports everyone to plan for their future, when they may lack capacity. Click here.

The Law Commission has published an Interim Policy Statement following its consultation on the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. A final report with its recommendations and a draft Bill is due to be published in December 2016. 

An Interim Statement on the Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty project has been published on the Law Commission website. Click here. A final report with recommendations and a draft Bill is due to be published in December 2016.  

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) reports that The Mental Capacity Action Day is being held on 15 March, 2016, to increase awareness of the Mental Capacity Act and to highlight good practice. Click here for a link to SCIE's website and its Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Directory

The Government has published a policy paper (December 2015) - The Department of Health response to the Law Commission's consultation on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. Click here to access.

The Care Quality Commission has produced its report Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2014/15

The Department of Health's response to the Law Commission's consultation on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty published December 2015.

Guidance regarding DoLS – When A Death Occurs - has been produced by Suffolk County Council in consultation with the Suffolk Coroner and Suffolk Constabulary.  This can be found on the DoLS page of Suffolk County Council's website www.suffolk.gov.uk/mca

The five prinicples of the Mental Capacity Act - a link to SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Putting the Mental Capacity Act principles at the heart of adult social care commissioning. From CareKnowledge.

At a glance, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, from SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

An improvement tool has been has been developed with funding from the Department of Health and support from the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS). The tool is designed be used across a range of organisations to assess a service, to identify and promote good practice and to highlight areas for further development. 

The Law Commission is consulting on the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. The consultation is open until 2 November 2015. Information from SCIE

Mental capacity films on Social Care TV at SCIE Mental Capacity Act: using the key principles in care planning also from Social Care TV at SCIE

Mental Capacity Act: Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) in light of the Supreme Court judgment. Social Care TV at SCIE