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NICE publishes guideline on Decision-making and mental capacity

The new NICE guideline, Decision making and mental capacity, has been published:

“There are growing numbers of people in England and Wales, estimated as around 2 million, who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves because of illness, injury or disability.

There are also concerns about variations in quality, consistency and availability of support to facilitate decision making. The new NICE guideline, Decision making and mental capacity, suggests ways to help people make decisions and maximise personal autonomy. It applies to a range of decisions including care, treatment, financial matters, day-to-day living and emergencies. It includes recommendations on advance care planning, which helps people plan future care when they lose capacity. NICE also makes recommendations for training and support for staff, interventions to improve decision-making capacity, advocacy and support for decision-making, and mental capacity assessment tools… The new NICE guideline comes at a time of imminent reform in the law as the Mental Capacity Act amendment Bill is scrutinised by parliament. While it will make some reforms, the empowering ethos and core principles originally introduced by the 2005 Act will continue. People should be supported to make decisions for themselves when they have the mental capacity to do so, and to remain at the centre of the decision-making process when they do not.” 
Nageena Khalique QC, barrister and chair of the committee for the NICE guideline on Decision making and mental capacity, October 2018

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Related events:

Decision Making and Mental Capacity: Implementing the 2018 NICE Guidance
Monday 14 January 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

12 October 2018


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