Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide

Social Care Institute for Excellence
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This quick guide aims to help people across social care and health settings to apply the Mental Capacity Act provisions about making best interests decisions for or on behalf of people who lack the relevant capacity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the MCA remains unaltered by the Coronavirus Act 2020, applying the MCA in practice must take on board the new and challenging implications of the pandemic and the measures in place to combat it. The guide sets out the key considerations that might apply in various COVID-related decision-making processes. These include: COVID-19 testing; social distancing; self-isolating; moving home; discharge from hospital; and usual activities. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Mental Capacity Act 2005, Covid-19, best interests, good practice, infection control, social isolation, hospital discharge;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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