[PDF] The mental capacity act in emergency medicine practice

Royal College of Emergency Medicine - RCEM
Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
24 February 2017


The application of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) to Emergency Medicine, and the interplay between the Mental Health Act (MHA), MCA, and Common Law.

A review of the MCA by a House of Lords committee in 2014 reported widespread lack of understanding among professionals of the principles and applications of the MCA and DOLS. The application of the principles of the MCA is now a focus for Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, in order to identify hospitals that need to improve their care in this respect. This guideline aims to improve understanding and promote good care of patients who lack capacity.