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Mental Capacity Act - Supporting Shared Decision Making

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force in 2007 in England and Wales to provide safeguards for adults at risk who may have difficulties making decisions for themselves.

These webpages will help you understand how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 promotes and supports shared decision making between YOU and your health or social care worker.

It does this through the Five Principles which are the values that health and social care workers apply when decisions need to be made about your medical treatment, health and social care.

The Act also promotes a “person centred” and “individual needs” approach where decisions are required. It underpins all actions to be taken for the person and health and social care professionals must be able to demonstrate and prove that decisions made were in the person’s best interests.

Birmingham Community Healthcare is committed to raising awareness about the Mental Capacity Act to ensure that patients are fully involved in the healthcare decisions they need to make and that they are supported in this process by placing them at the heart of the decision making process.