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Patients who lack mental capacity to make decisions about their treatment have a legal right to an advocate in certain circumstances. When this arises in primary practice, GPs have a legal duty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to refer for an independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA)."
"The capacity assessment referral form developed by NEW Devon CCG with the support of Devon LMC can be given out by surgeries to anyone (social worker, solicitor or other professional) requesting a GP to complete a capacity assessment. The form is designed as an aid to GPs to ensure they have enough information about the request to decide whether they are the most appropriate person to complete the assessment. The form is not compulsory."
Publication date: December 2017
Updated: July 2021