Learning disabilities

Resources: Consent and capacity


UK wide

GMC guidance - Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together

BMA guidance - Consent tool kit

England & Wales

Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales)

MCA Code of Practice 

BMA guidance - The Mental Capacity Act 2005: Guidance for health professionals (2009) 

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities guidance: Whose Decision? Preparation for and implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in statutory and non-statutory services in England and Wales (pdf)

Assessing Mental Capacity

British Psychological Society: Best Interests - Guidance on determining the best interests of adults who lack the capacity to make a decision (or decisions) for themselves (pdf)

Department of Health, England:

Equal access, equal care - Guidance for Prison Healthcare Staff treating Patients with Learning Disabilities. NHS England (2015)

Improving the Health and Wellbeing of People with Learning Disabilities: An Evidence-Based Commissioning Guide for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).  RCGP/RCPsych/Learning Disabilities Observatory (2012).

Welsh Assembly Government - Patient Consent to examination or treatment 


Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (Scotland)   

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Code of Practice (Third Edition): For Practitioners Authorised to Carry Out Medical Treatment or Research under Part 5 of the Act

Scottish Government guidance:

BMA guidance - Mental capacity for adults in Scotland: guidance on ethical and medico-legal issues (2009)

PAMIS (Profound and Multiple Disabilities Scotland) - Invasive Procedures: minimising risks, maximising rights (pdf)

Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety NI: