The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health and Social Care
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health and Social Care
Publication year:
2020
Place of publication:
London

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This document provides additional guidance to supplement 'The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic', which was published in April 2020. It includes guidance on: testing someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity; providing life-saving treatment to someone who lacks the capacity to consent; hospitals and care homes; and using emergency public health powers when someone who lacks relevant capacity needs to be isolated because they have symptoms and are not following public health advice. [First published 29 May 2020; last updated 12 January 2021] (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
mental capacity, safeguarding adults, Covid-19, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, medical treatment, care homes, hospitals, decision making;
Content types:
practice guidance, government publication
Location(s):
England, Wales
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