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Decision-making and mental capacity

New Guidance on Decision – making and mental Capacity has been published today (3rd October 2018) by the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE).

Jackie Burt, Chair of the BISWG and Case Manager at West Country Case Management, Jackie Dean of N-Able Case Management and Mark Holloway, of HeadFirst have been part of a working group which has developed and finalised the guidance. There are two aspects that are of most relevance to those working with clients who have any acquired brain injury.

  1. The recommendation that IMCA’s who deal with individuals affected by brain injury should have specific expertise about the condition
  2. That executive impairment is not well assessed by a straightforward structured question and answer format, that real world observation is required.

The resources and guidance are available on the following pages. Guideline webpage: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng108. Resource page: http://indepth.nice.org.uk/decision-making-resource/index.html