Charities, organisations, professionals and individuals concerned with how the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is being applied to individuals affected by acquired brain injury (ABI) have united to submit an agreed letter to the Ministry of Justice who are currently reviewing the Act’s Code of Practice. Since the House of Lords review of the MCA was published, increasing concerns have been raised about the how the Act is applied to people with an ABI, in particular the risks associated with a lack of knowledge of the condition by professionals undertaking Capacity and Best Interests assessments has been identified. The signatories of the joint-submission represent a very broad range of UK charity and professional groups, uniting to draw attention to the problems experienced by families affected by ABI and this is a unique collaboration. The submitted letter is attached below , please feel free to distribute this and to use the content if you are experiencing difficulties with the application of the MCA.
A new Rehabilitation Prescription (RP2019), the tool that documents the rehabilitation needs of the individual with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), is now available, with versions available for adults and children.
Commenting on RP2019, Professor Chris Moran, National Clinical Director for Trauma to NHS England, and Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Nottingham University Hospital said: “Neurorehabilitation is a key component of the major trauma network; an essential part of good trauma care and good patient outcomes. Rehabilitation needs should be assessed shortly after a patient is admitted to the major trauma centre, delivered during the inpatient phase, and continued in a trauma unit or in the local community. This new RP details the neurorehabilitation needs of both children and adults, and in order to maintain the continuity of rehabilitation, a copy should be given to both the patient and/or family as well as their GP.”