Mental capacity and occupational therapists: assessment, consent and best interests decision making

  • Tue, January 31, 2023
    14:00 - 15:00

This session considers whether, when and how occupational therapists might carry out mental capacity assessments.

In the context, for example, of equipment provision, manual handling plans, rehabilitation, hospital discharge.

It notes that if emphasis is to be placed on gaining and recording a person’s consent, then likewise – and logically – it must be placed also on questions of capacity.

And goes on to outline approaches to best interests decisions and the issue of risk, once incapacity has been established.

The session will draw on the Mental Capacity Act itself, sections 1 to 5 in particular, as well as Court of Protection case law.




Guest speakers
Michael Mandelstam

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding key MCA principles and their application to the question of mental capacity assessment and best interests decisions.
  • Gaining familiarity with relevant Court of Protection cases.
  • Greater confidence in applying these principles and cases to approaches to assessment and best interests decisions in the context of occupational therapy.


// //
Book An