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Consent to Medical and Dental Treatment in Care Homes (England) Policy

Policy Statement

{{org_field_name}} recognises the right of the people who use its services to the same access to medical and dental treatment as any other person. Everybody has the right to decide what is done to their own bodies and that medical or dental care should be provided only after the full, informed consent of the person has been obtained, wherever possible.

Where a person refuses consent then this should be respected. Where a person lacks the mental capacity to provide informed consent then the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 should be implemented.

This document sets out the values, principles and policies underpinning {{org_field_name}}s approach to the consent of people who use the services to medical and dental treatment. It is based on the Department of Health (2002) Reference Guide to Consent to Examination or Treatment and is in line with Regulation 11: Need for Consent of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Policy Background

{{org_field_name}} understands informed consent to be an agreement given by a person for a health professional to provide care or treatment. People may indicate consent non-verbally, orally or in writing. For the consent to be valid, the person must:

Consent Policy

{{org_field_name}} recognises that:

Informed consent

Informed consent applies when a person can be said to have given consent based on a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, and the implications and consequences of an action.

In {{org_field_name}}:

Decision-making capacity

In {{org_field_name}} the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will be adhered to at all times and it should never be assumed that a person is unable to make their own consent decisions. Where an individual is thought to lack capacity each medical or dental decision will be considered on its own merits at the time that it needs to be taken.

{{org_field_name}} understands that treatment may be given without the persons consent only in the following cases:

The term “mental disorder” includes “arrested or incomplete development of the mind” and may therefore be applicable to some people with learning disabilities but it is important to remember that:

Training

In {{org_field_name}} all new care staff will receive training in the principles of consent, informed consent and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 during induction. This policy will be explained to them. Further refresher training will be provided as required, particularly for care home management and keyworkers.


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