NEW NICE guideline on Decision-making and mental capacity
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have just published a new guideline on Decision-making and mental capacity (03 October).
This is essential reading for all practitioners.
The guideline covers decision-making in people 16 years and over who may lack capacity now or in the future. It aims to help all practitioners support people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so. It also helps practitioners to keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process. Nageena Khalique QC, barrister and chair of the committee for the NICE guideline on Decision making and mental capacity, has written a very useful blog outlining how the new guideline applies to a range of situations.
This guideline should be read in conjunction with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It is not a substitute for the law or relevant Codes of Practice.
It does not cover Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards processes.