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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

‘Making the Abstract Real’
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BISWG Ltd is not able to provide assistance/guidance with individual cases to members. It is a group principally for Social Workers (though we welcome other professionals working in this field) Its aim is to provide an information and networking resource for its members. All members of the committee have employment in the brain injury field and their work with BISWG Ltd is voluntary in addition to this.