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The Code of Practice is a guide for people on how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 should actually work in practice. It is designed to be used as guidance for anyone who works with or cares for adults who may lack capacity to make decisions.

For certain categories of people, the Code of Practice has statutory importance. In other words, these people must follow the Code or possibly face legal sanctions and this would include healthcare staff, professional carers, police, legal professionals, and others professionally involved with someone who may lack capacity to make decisions.

The Code should also be followed by anyone who is acting as a carer for someone who lacks capacity.

The main criticism that I have for this book is that it is more suited to professional people and paid carers rather than the ordinary person who is trying to do things properly. It is written in a reference text book style which is dull, uninspiring, and quite difficult to read and comprehend. I am a professional healthcare worker, so it should appeal to me and be readily understandable. But I found it confusing and vague.

However, this book is available as a free download from the GOV.UK website, so you can have a look at it and make your mind up whether you think it is worth spending your money on.

I think it is an essential reference for the professional people and carers mentioned above, and should be available in care homes, hospitals and similar places for everyone to have access to ..... including patients and family.
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on 1 June 2008
Like all HMSO publications this can be downloaded, legitimately and free from the government's own websites.

As a matter of note, the Code is workable, but noticably doesn't make any comment about the Bournewood provisions, probably the most complex part of the act (as ammended by the MHA 2007). the code as it stands promises this in future incarnations, and indeed the code of practice for the new MHA does address this to an extent.

So, here is a coherent, but incomplete, glossy magazine, that is for sale at almost £15, but can be downloaded as a pdf for free. Should you buy it? well, it would be an irrational choice, but one you are quite free to make! Myself, I'd save paper, post and money, and instead buy Richard Jones' MHAManual.
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on 25 March 2009
One of the few remaining places where you can still obtain a written copy of the guide to the MCA rather than downloading it. A reasonably easy read, although rather a lot of it
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on 8 October 2013
I would recommend this to anyone who works within health and social care. I bought this as a newly qualified social worker. A great text which will be referred to again and again
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on 10 May 2013
Lots and Lots of Information, Very good Quality, Manufacturer well, Good firm book, Full of really useful information, will always be very reliable piece of information.
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on 25 July 2013
Heavy stuff but it was needed and I passed my course, I've had amazon offers to trade it in but i'll keep it, needs to be referred to!
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on 10 August 2015
Arrived promptly. Excellent quality. Practically brand new. Good value. Would definitely purchase from Amazon again.
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on 14 December 2012
still working my way through it
but at the present moment am happy with it
was glad it was suggested to me
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on 14 July 2014
found this to be invaluable in my job as a carer for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues
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on 16 November 2015
This book has been great and has helped me understand the mental capacity act in preparation for a law exam.
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