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Another piece of the puzzle

There are often ?many stakeholders involved in best interests decisions. Sarah Orton offers a social care perspective

1 October 2013

I am a social worker based in a large local authority practising as a senior practitioner/best interests assessor in a specialist 'deprivation of liberty safeguards' team. And a major part of my role is to support professionals working in a range of different care and treatment settings to understand and implement the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).

The Act gives direction as to when and how a person's mental capacity should be assessed in relation to a specific decision (the two-stage test). If the person is deemed to lack capacity, the Act sets out a statutory checklist of factors that must be taken into account when making a best interests decision ?for the person.

It also states the decision-maker for most of a vulnerable person's day-to-day actions is normally the carer most directly involved with them at the time (includin...

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