Assessing mental capacity

British Medical Association - BMA
British Medical Association (BMA)
Publication date:
03 June 2014


A new BMA tool offers practical help for doctors who need to assess the decision-making capacity of their patients.

The online resource offers a step-by-step guide through procedures set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for England and Wales, which aims to protect adults who may not be able to make care or treatment decisions themselves.

This could be due to a mental health condition, severe learning disability, brain injury, stroke or unconsciousness from an anaesthetic or sudden accident.