This ethical hub topic shows how our professional standards can be applied in this area of care and signposts to relevant resources. It does not set new professional standards and is not intended to replace the formal guidance.

Mental capacity

Mental capacity is about being able to make your own decisions.

It is decision and time specific. We all make decisions every day, and most of us are able to make these ourselves. Sometimes, we may lack capacity to make a big decision. But this doesn't always mean we are unable to make smaller decisions such as what to wear each day.