The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is a significant piece of legislation affecting people who may lack the capacity to make their own decisions.
It promotes autonomy and empowerment of individuals and protects their rights particularly to make their own decisions. The Act is built on five guiding principles which determine a person centred approach to decision making. The MCA provides a framework for social care commissioners when commissioning services for people who may be unable, either permanently or temporarily, to make some, or all decisions, about their care. This guidance has been written to support the commissioning process to apply the MCA.