Skills for Care

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 aims to protect people who may not be able to make decisions for themselves.

The Mental Capacity Act also helps people to plan ahead in case they’re unable to make important decisions for themselves in the future.

Our Recommendations for CQC providers guide includes a section on MCA awareness training and will help you consider whats needed to effectively induct the your workforce.  

View our learning provider directory to search for providers we’ve endorsed that deliver MCA training and qualifications.

Consent to care and treatment

Our GO Online: Inspection toolkit brings together recommendations, practical examples and resources to help regulated providers meet CQC expectations in relation to people’s consent.

Learn from others

Our Learn from Others online resource lets you to find out about good practice in other organisations and learn from some their challenges. 

It includes learning materials and a session plan about the Mental Capacity Act aligning it with the Care Certificate induction standards. 

MCA Pocket sized guidance
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A pocket sized guide containing an overview of the MCA and the five principles which should be followed. 


NICE has released its latest quality standard to guide the workforce on supporting decision making with people aged 16 and over, who may need help making decisions due to reduced mental capacity.

It is aligned with the aims and principles of the MCA 2005 and relevant Codes of Practice. It should be used in conjunction with these.  

View the full details on the NICE website.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have published a report and related resources that look at the Mental Capacity Act and care planning.

They include key messages, promoting human rights, choice and control, care planning, involvement and person-centred care, care planning, liberty and autonomy, monitoring MCA implementation and a monitoring checklist.

View the resources on the SCIE website.