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Understanding mental capacity
Understanding mental capacity

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This free course was written by Sarah Vicary and Alun Morgan.


Box 1: Extract from, Valios, N. (2016) ‘Five steps to assessing capacity’, Community Care, 1 July 2016, Community Care. 2016/ 07/ 01/ five-key-steps-assessing-capacity  [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] Courtesy Natalie Valios.


Box 4: extract from, Mental Capacity Act 2005 c. 9 Part 1 Preliminary, Section 4. ukpga/ 2005/ 9/ section/ Crown Copyright doc/ open-government-licence/ version/ 3/


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Activity 3: video, courtesy: © Social Care Institute for Excellence

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