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A report published by the Professional Practice Board of the British Psychological Society
This guidance has been written to give additional information and support to people who may have to participate in making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to do so for themselves. This includes staff working in health or social care (such as doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, residential and care home managers, care staff, support workers) and carers, families and advocates.
Section 1: Approaches to making decisions for others
- The legal background
- Ways of making decisions for others
- Advance decisions
- Substituted judgement
- Best interests
- The statutory checklist
Section 2: How have the Courts decided on Best Interests?
- Medical best interests
- Subsequent decisions
- Serious medical treatment
- Non-medical decisions
- Acts in relation to care or treatment
Section 3: Best interests meetings
- Decisions which cannot be made under the Mental Capacity Act
- Chairing a Best Interests meeting
- Possible agenda
- Failure to agree
- After the meeting
- If the situation is urgent