Need for advocates identified

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

There is an immediate need for people who are able to act as independent mental capacity advocates, according to the English Community Care Association (ECCA) which has responded to a government consultation on a special scheme set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Under the Act the independent mental capacity advocate’s purpose is to help vulnerable people who lack capacity and face important decisions made by the NHS or local authorities about serious medical treatment and changes of residence. NHS bodies and local authorities will have a duty to consult the independent mental capacity advocate in such decisions involving people who have no family or friends. ECCA chief executive Martin Green said advocates needed to be suitably trained in order to maintain their independence when supporting and representing a person who lacked capacity and was faced with a serious decision. “ECCA believes that the scheme should be open to self funding care home residents as well as those whose fees are paid for by local

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