Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

Local Policies and Procedures

The following local policies and guidance also provide information for practitioners:

Local Resources

The WSAB have produced podcasts and webinars which can help to develop practitioner’s knowledge and awareness of how to apply the MCA. These can be found via the link below and include advice on application of the Mental Capacity Act and making Best Interest Assessments, along with a podcast on

National Publications

This thematic review of South West Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR) looks at practice issues identified in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  Over-arching themes were identified in relation to omission of completing mental capacity assessments when one is indicated, executive function, misapplication of the Act, safeguarding and risk management, and specific concerns in relation to care providers and
health settings.

adass Thematic Review of SARs – Mental Capacity August 2023

Local Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs)

A number of local SARs have identified learning in relation to the application of the Mental Capacity Act.

A page with details of theses SARs can be found by following the link below:

MCA SARs Briefing Resource