Welcome to the September 2021 Mental Capacity Report. Highlights this month include:
(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: capacity, silos and pigeon-holes, medical treatment dilemmas, and the limits of support;
(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: LPA modernisation and help with COP1 and COP1A forms;
(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: the Court of Protection is, in fact, a court, costs updates, and insights in the future of remote hearings;
(4) In the Wider Context Report: a policy round-up, the inherent jurisdiction and children, advocacy in restricted settings, and the limits on the duty to secure life;
(5) In the Scotland Report: Mental Welfare Commission reports on the use of the Mental Health Act during COVID-19 and advance statements, and thoughts about SIDMA.
You can find our past issues, our case summaries, and more on our dedicated sub-site here, where you can also find updated versions of both our capacity and best interests guides. We have taken a deliberate decision not to cover all the host of COVID-19 related matters that might have a tangential impact upon mental capacity in the Report. Chambers has created a dedicated COVID-19 page with resources, seminars, and more, here; Alex maintains a resources page for MCA and COVID-19 here, and Neil a page here. If you want more information on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which we frequently refer to in this Report, we suggest you go to the Small Places website run by Lucy Series of Cardiff University.
You can also watch Alex’s walkthrough of this months’ report here.