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Mental Capacity Assessment: What makes a good assessment of capacity?

13 December 2018

This document updates previous guidance published in the April 2006 Assessment of Capacity in Adults: Interim Guidance for Psychologists.

The document aims to inform psychologists about capacity assessment, and follows the chronological flow of a well thought through approach to assessment, commencing with an overview of the current legal context, followed by necessary preparatory steps and aspects of completing a best practice assessment (including consideration of the use of psychometric inventories) before drawing together the threads of information collected and forming defensible, balanced, well evidenced opinions, conclusions and recommendations.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in commenting on this, please send your comments to [email protected] using the form below.

The deadline for responses is Wednesday the 09th of January.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion


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