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Executive functioning and the Mental Capacity Act



A recently published Safeguarding Adults Review has highlighted the issue of executive functioning and the Mental Capacity Act. The report noted:


‘The SLAM IMR observes that: “There was an absence of full exploration of mental capacity. Statements such as “he has capacity to keep using” were used … The IMR concludes with the following recommendation for action: “Interaction of mental capacity and executive functioning needs to be considered when making assumptions about capacity in the context of self-neglect, mental ill health and substance misuse...” Download the report from this link.


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