Acquired Brain Injury and Mental Capacity: Making the Abstract Real
Recommendations for action following the House of Lords Select Committee Post Legislative Scrutiny Report into the Mental Capacity Act
On 17th September 2014, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) steering group met at the Department of Health (DoH) in Whitehall to receive a report entitled ‘Making the Abstract Real’. The report addresses the difficulties associated with using the MCA on behalf of people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and was produced by the Acquired Brain Injury and Mental Capacity Interest Group (ABI/MCA Group), a group of professionals and policy makers with a specialist interest
In brain injury. The report was presented to the MCA Steering Group by Mark Holloway, Case Manager and Social Worker, , who also co-ordinated the ABI/MCA Group and collated the evidence. .
The ABI/MCA Group was formed during the recent House of Lords Select Committee investigation into the workings of the MCA. On the advice of Lord Hardie QC, chair of the Select Committee, the ABI/MCA Group has continued its work now that the DoH has responsibility for putting the recommendations into practice.
‘Making the Abstract Real’ makes 6 recommendations – please see the full report for details.