Steph Adams, Carer
Neil Thorman, Independent Doctor
Dr Ronda Ninkovic, GP
Dr Funmi Nixon, GP
Dr Elisabeth Alton, GP
Dr Victoria Gray, GP
Hugh Constant, SCIE MCA Lead
Stef Lunn, CCG DoLS Project Lead
Javeda Jafri, CCG DoLS Project Lead
Dr Deepak Thalitaya, Consultant Psychiatrist
Robert Barton, LA DoLS Lead
Donna Castagnaro, Primary Care Social Worker
Karen McCulloch, CCG DoLS Project Lead
Dr Amy Lampard, GP
Jason Warner, Locality Senior Nurse
Dr Yasmin Ahmad, GP
Dr Elizabeth England, RCGP GP
Dr Matthew Hoghton, RCGP GP
Martin Watson, CCG DoLS Project Worker
Dr Sarah Abbas, GP
Russell Hogarth, Patient Representative
Nigel Farnsworth, Patient Representative
Cathy Barnes, Best Interest Assessor
Dr Riya Patel, GP.
All the information and materials contained in this toolkit are designed to support GP practice and each practitioner and/or primary care practice will have different views of what is helpful and when.
The resources contained herein are intended as a toolkit that can be dipped in and out of, for use in different interactions and with different time restraints, with tools, checklists and information summaries included as well as case studies to help to demonstrate application in different scenarios as well as support thinking and application of the MCA in practice.
There is not a statutory requirement to complete a particular form or document in relation to assessment of capacity or best interest decision making, however decisions should be recorded and documented in some form. We have included core assessment forms for reference purposes within this toolkit, however it should be noted that these will not be appropriate for use in every situation and a range of practice tools are available that may be far more applicable. They are included here as examples of the options available and may be reproduced and used in primary care practice if appropriate, including incorporating them into patient information systems in use.
The toolkit is organised into four sections:
Each section includes tools, checklists, template forms, case examples and other resources to support application of the specific areas of the MCA.
It is designed as a practice resource, and can be applied in a range of primary care and general practice situations.
Consultation with GP and primary care colleagues was a significant element of the development of this resource; this included both survey and workshop activities and testing materials with an expert reference group which was predominantly formed of health and GP colleagues with input from other stakeholders.
A reference group was convened as part of the project to feedback on specific proposals and test core materials to ensure fitness for purpose. The reference group comprised twenty-five (24) individuals in a range of roles and geographically spread.
Both social media and direct contact with CCGs and individual practices were utilised to seek feedback on proposals and establish a reference group to input into the project.