The Mental Capacity Act for Care Planning Project (2014) aims to create a multimedia tool kit to help professionals to implement Mental Capacity Act principals into their care planning processes. The project is funded by the Department of Health.
As part of this project we are interviewing lead experts and professionals in the field of social and health care and also working with people with a range of disabilities to produce the project outputs. The tool kit will include expert video advice and illustrative case studies, as well as care planning templates available in a range of formats.
On the 18th June 2015 a film produced by RIX Research was released. The film looks at the five key principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), and how these can be applied to the care planning process. It shows, through interviews with self-advocates, and health, legal and social care professionals, how the proper application of the MCA is needed to ensure that care planning is person-centred and empowering. The film stresses the importance of planning for the least restrictive option in any situation, and always acting in the best interests of people who lack capacity, and not in organisational interests. It talks about how advance decisions about future treatment can be really helpful.