Working together, The Disabilities Trust and Healthwatch West Sussex, have created a new tool to support healthcare professionals to protect vulnerable people.
People who lack capacity to make their own decisions about medical care are at risk when needing medication or surgical procedures. This can be because of gaps in understanding about the Mental Capacity Act or an unwillingness to take responsibility for the course of action under ‘Best Interest for the patient’ (set out in the Menta Capacity Act).
The Consent to Treatment for Best Interest Decision Making Toolkit is designed to support people who lack the mental capacity to make specific health and care decisions; removing or reducing risks and improving patient care.
The example below shows what can happen without guidelines:
Irene Sobowale, CEO, The Disabilities Trust welcomes the Toolkit:
“I am delighted that the Consent to Treatment for Best Interest Decision Making Toolkit has been developed by The Disabilities Trust and Healthwatch West Sussex. It will make a real difference to the lives of many vulnerable people. Supporting those who lack mental capacity to make specific health and care decisions will remove or reduce risks and improve patient care."