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Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

This emergency guidance is for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take during this period. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak. During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) still apply.

Read Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity (updated 15 October 2020).

Also the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have updated their Mental Capacity Act directory. The MCA Directory helps to raise awareness about the Mental Capacity Act, including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. You will find useful information and tools to help understand or implement it. New features include filtering options and now over 350 resources from across the sector.

Click here for SCIE's Mental Capacity Act directory.