In November and December, Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will hold two awareness events for the public and patients that will take a look at the Mental Capacity Act. The Act relates to how patients can make decisions and have them respected when they can no longer communicate their wishes themselves.
The two awareness events will be held at Beckenham Beacon on Croydon Road. The first takes place on Wednesday 18th November from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Harry Lyne Room. The second event will be held on Tuesday 8th December between 9:30am and 11am in Meeting Room C.
The Mental Capacity Act makes provision for people when they do not have the ability to communicate their wishes or make decisions for themselves. This covers those whose capacity to do so is permanently affected, such as people with dementia or brain injuries and those who have had a stroke or have learning disabilities. However, the Act is also relevant to patients whose issues might only be temporary because of an illness or a mental health problem.
Bromley CCG is required to ensure that services are commissioned that provide people with high quality treatment. This means that they must understand the Act, put it into practice, monitor how they are complying, and demonstrate the ways in which it is used within the organisation.
Those who wish to attend one of the events should register online.
Do you know anything about the Mental Capacity Act? How do you feel it could help people with capacity issues?
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