Understanding mental capacity
Understanding mental capacity

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Understanding mental capacity


This week you have reviewed and reflected on the learning you have done in this course and identified any further steps you would like to take. You have also listened to practitioners talk about what mental capacity means for the general public and for practice as it is applied in each nation of the UK. The language used and the timing of legislative changes might differ slightly, but overall, matters of mental capacity in all four nations are based on the same principles, values and attitudes. In turn these principles underpin actions, central among which are the assessment of mental capacity and supporting someone who may lack capacity or whose capacity fluctuates. The course finishes with the same message with which it began: mental capacity is relevant to us all.

You should now be able to:

  • describe possible changes in mental capacity law and outline key themes
  • describe some of the particularly useful or surprising things you have learned on this course
  • start to make plans for your future learning, your personal situation and any professional development needs you have
  • identify whether you wish to make any plans for your own situation in relation to mental capacity and if so, how.

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