Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) sets out what happens when people are unable to make decisions i.e. when they lack capacity to make decisions. The MCA came into full force on 1 October 2007 in England & Wales.
The MCA is supported by a Code of Practice (the ‘Code’). All professionals, such as GPs, doctors, social workers and paid carers, must comply with the Code when they are supporting anyone who lacks capacity.