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Although every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website was accurate at the time of publication, we accept no responsibility for any errors, omissions or misleading statements on this site or on any site which you may be able to access through a link on this site.
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We encourage you to share with us and others about how mental capacity issues have impacted on your everyday practice or experiences. We respectfully request that when posting a message, you stick to the following rules
- To respect the views of other people, even if you disagree with them
- To avoid posting the same message several times
- To not disclose personal information which may leave you or anybody else vulnerable to abuse, this includes providing personal details including emails, postal addresses or telephone numbers
- To not criticise individuals or organisations or seek to disparage them
- To not use abusive or offensive language
- To not post on behalf of anyone else
- We reserve the right to edit or remove inappropriate messages posted on this website.
The legal information published on this site is designed to support and inform, not replace, the legal guidance that you may have received from you employer. Always consult a suitably qualified legal professional on any specific legal problem or matter. If you need someone to talk to urgently and in confidence the Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90. You can also email the Samaritans at: .
Linking to the mental capacity website
We positively encourage you to link to this website to raise awareness of mental capacity. You do not need to ask our prior permission to link to this site, but we would really appreciate an email to notify us of any such link. We reserve the right at our discretion to require the removal of any link established by a third party between our site and any third party website.
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The mental capacity website has been developed to help staff working in health and social care (including those in the private and voluntary sectors) as well as unpaid carers, to improve the way they assess mental capacity.
The Assessment of Mental Capacity Audit Tool (AMCAT) is a simple online tool to help staff and others evaluate, reflect and learn about an assessment of mental capacity they have done. Audit an assessment using AMCAT:
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AMCAT terms and conditions
All information you provide in completing the AMCAT will be treated confidentially and will not be passed on to a third party except with your permission. The only exceptions to this are where there is clear evidence from the information you have given that there has occurred an act of gross negligence, serious breach of the law resulting in a person’s death, serious psychological or physical injury, neglect or abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, or use for decisions excluded from the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
The AMCAT is designed and intended to be used only after a mental capacity assessment has been carried out. It should not be used as a guide to be used before or during a mental capacity assessment and the Mental Health Foundation accepts no responsibility if it is used in this way.