Resources: Consent and capacity


UK wide

Communitybaptistpa guidance - Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together

BMA guidance -

England & Wales


BMA guidance -  

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities guidance:  (pdf)

British Psychological Society: (pdf)

Department of Health, England:

  • (pdf)
  • (IMCA) Service (pdf)

- Guidance for Prison Healthcare Staff treating Patients with Learning Disabilities. NHS England (2015)

: An Evidence-Based Commissioning Guide for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).  RCGP/RCPsych/Learning Disabilities Observatory (2012).

Welsh Assembly Government -  


Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (Scotland)   

: For Practitioners Authorised to Carry Out Medical Treatment or Research under Part 5 of the Act

Scottish Government guidance:

  • (pdf)
  • : A Guide to Communication and Assessing Capacity Scotland for social work and healthcare staff

BMA guidance - : guidance on ethical and medico-legal issues (2009)

PAMIS (Profound and Multiple Disabilities Scotland) -  (pdf)

Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety NI: