Survey finds low Mental Capacity Act awareness

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A survey has found 89% of health and social care professionals would like a better understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), with 87% feeling writing reports is a burden.

The survey of 100 health and social care professionals was carried out by online decision support provider Desuto.

Mike Hostick, CEO of Desuto, said: “Protecting the rights of patients is paramount to health and social care professionals. Our survey demonstrates, however, that to do so the industry needs more information on hand to help with decision-making.

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“This is matched by an eagerness from professionals to meet their obligations as fully as possible – with the right education and support. A number of barriers are preventing professionals from feeling fully confident in practice which in turn could adversely affect patient care.”

Over half of those surveyed (56%) considered awareness and application of the MCA to be low to average. The survey follows the CQC State of Care report which said hospital and care providers are still not adequately implementing their MCA responsibilities.

Almost three quarters (71%) expressed concern over litigation and other non-compliance related issues.

A further 96% said expert guidance and information around the MCA would provide more confidence in the workplace and 92% agreed that tools and technology could help the decision making process and streamline reporting.

Desuto provides a unique new online tool designed to transform the decision-making process for health and social care professionals in relation to the MCA.

The tool supports making lawful and ethical decisions for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. It generates detailed, professionally written reports to streamline the process and helps to increase user knowledge.

To sign up for a free trial of Desuto’s decision-making tool visit desuto.com/register

 

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