Mark Jayes is developing the Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit (MCAST) to help health and social care staff to carry out high quality mental capacity assessments, identify and support the needs of patients with communication difficulties during mental capacity assessments.
Mental capacity refers to the ability to make informed decisions. People may find it harder to make a decision if they have difficulties using their communication and/or cognitive (thinking) skills. By law, health and social care staff have to complete a mental capacity assessment if they think someone they are working with may have difficulty making a decision. Currently, many staff find these assessments challenging and their practice needs to be improved.
The MCAST was developed based on independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views expressed in this document are those of the author and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
Email: Mark Jayes