National Mental Capacity Forum: Annual Report 2019-20 published
Today the Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum has published the forum's Fourth Annual Report for 2019-2020.
This report will be of interest to anyone who needs to work with the mental capacity act. The report usefully discusses three main aspects of the forum’s work:
- Evaluation of the efficacy of the Forum over its first four years in changing awareness of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and its implementation;
- The legislative changes that resulted in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 to move from Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). (Please note: as this was fully debated in Parliament and the full transcript is available on Hansard, the legislative process has not been covered in detail in the text of this report)
Most helpfully the report includes:
- Actions taken from the outset of the pandemic to meet the needs of those who are protected by the MCA and support those providing care and having responsibility for the wellbeing of people with impairments of mental capacity.