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Understanding mental capacity
Understanding mental capacity

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2.1 Who else is affected?

Alongside people who may lack mental capacity are those who are affected indirectly: people who live with and care for them, neighbours, and workers in shops, banks and solicitors’ offices. They all need to be aware of the impact that a lack of mental capacity can have. As well as family and friends who offer informal care and support, some people have a formal role in responding. Who are they?

Activity 5 Formal support

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Take a look at the images in Figure 2. Who might they represent and why might they need to respond to a lack of mental capacity? Write your response in the box below.

Healthcare professionals in various settings
Figure 2 Healthcare professionals in various settings
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Professional people in many different roles need to understand what is meant by mental capacity. These include:

  • staff in adult community care services
  • hospital workers
  • health visitors
  • occupational therapists
  • criminal justice workers
  • people working with children
  • general practitioners
  • solicitors.

Some of these professionals have a role in the assessment of mental capacity to which you will return in Week 4.

You now conclude Week 1 by exploring the importance and impact of time.