The Mental Capacity Act is a law that applies to anyone in England and Wales aged 16 and over. It empowers people to make their own decisions and provides a framework for supporting and involving patients in their own care and treatment. The aim of this e-learning programme is to prepare pharmacy professionals for dealing with patients in their practice that may lack capacity to make their own decisions, by exploring the key principles that underpin the Mental Capacity Act.
• Describe the background of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including why it was developed and who is affected by the Act
• Explain the five principles behind the Mental Capacity Act
• Explain the importance of consent within the Mental Capacity Act
• Discuss how patients can use the Mental Capacity Act to prepare for the future
• Define what is meant by “capacity” and how to assess if someone has capacity
• Define what is meant by “covert administration” and how the Mental Capacity Act applies within this type of administration