April 2020: Coronavirus Act 2020

It is older people and those with existing long-term health conditions who are likely to be most at risk from COVID-19 and who are also more likely to need their freedoms protected by the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. The Act has not made any changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005, although guidance in relation to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has been published (see Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

See also Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis (SCIE).

Click here to view Bedford Borough Council’s Mental Capacity Act Decision Makers Policy and Guidance


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service


Mental Capacity Act, SCIE

Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment (Department of Health, 2009)

A Brief Guide to carrying out Capacity Assessments (39 Essex Chambers)

Decision-making and Mental Capacity (NICE)

May 2019: This chapter has been amended to add a link to Decision-making and mental capacity published by NICE. and Brief Guide to carrying out Capacity Assessments, published by 39 Essex Chambers has been re-linked to the latest version, as above.