It is important for practitioners working with MCA/DoLS service users to be familiar with the full policy.
MCA and DoLS Policy
The purpose of the document is to provide the framework for assessing people’s mental capacity, as well as assessing best interests in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2009 and Codes of Practice.
The policy aims for service users feel they have access to:
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessment
Following the Supreme Court ruling on 19 March 2014 with regard to Cheshire West and Chester Council v P, Essex County Council has experienced an unprecedented increase in requests for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessments.
As a result, the Council has adopted a Prioritisation Tool that is used to assess the risks and help decide on allocation order of assessments.
Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
An IMCA is an advocate who has been specially trained to support people who are not able to make certain decisions for themselves and do not have family or friends who are able to speak for them.
IMCAs do not make decisions and they are independent of the people who do make the decisions.
Rethink Mental Illness - Essex Advocacy Service
Rethink Mental Illness have taken over the delivery of advocacy services across Essex county. This will be a single advocacy service providing all forms of statutory advocacy and also non-statutory advocacy to a wide range of people across the county. This includes the following:
Please find the contact details below:
Telephone 0300 790 0559