These pages have been created to provide a starting point for individuals and organisations across Somerset who wish to understand their responsibilities in relation to people who may lack mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The pages contain some guidance documents produced by County Council and NHS organisations in Somerset, as well as a number of links to documents produced nationally, either by government or by other local authorities or charities.

Some items are shared with professionals in mind but others are aimed at members of the public who wish to understand this area better. There are a number of links to documents in easy read formats.

This resource will be maintained by the SSAB’s Mental capacity act sub-group. The group meets quarterly and comprises the lead officers with MCA or DOLS responsibilities from:

  • Somerset County Council
  • Musgrove Park Hospital
  • Somerset Partnership
  • Yeovil District Hospital
  • Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Swan Advocacy, which is contracted to provide an Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) service in Somerset
  • Registered Care Providers Association (RCPA)

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