Mental Capacity Act

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People working in social care must have an awareness of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005

The Act aims to empower and protect people who may not be able to make some decisions for themselves. It also enables people to plan ahead in case they are unable to make important decisions for themselves in the future.

NICE Decision-making and mental capacity quality standard 

NICE has released its latest quality standard to support decision-making with people whose mental capacity is reduced. It will be useful to health and care practitioners supporting people aged 16 and over, who may need help to make their own decisions.

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

For full details on this quality standard please visit the NICE website.

Pocket sized guidance

We’ve produced a pocket sized guide containing an overview of the Act and the five important principles everyone must follow.

You can purchase the cards in bundles of 25 for £8. These are available from our online bookshop

If you’re regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), our Recommendations for CQC providers guide includes a section on induction related training that has information about Mental Capacity Act awareness training. We don’t directly deliver training but our guide can help you consider what you need to cover with care workers to effectively induct them. 


Have a look at our learning provider directory to search for providers we’ve endorsed that deliver MCA training and qualifications.


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.


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
  • a monitoring checklist.

These resources are available from SCIE website.