Getting Advice on Consent

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In emergency the company secretary to the trust Richard Schofield has expertise in this field and is available on extension x3887 or via switchboard. The legal services department may also be able to help and are available on x5028
Independent mental capacity advisors (IMCAs) are provided by an external body SEAP. If a patient lacks capacity and lacks the support of a “Significant other” an IMCA can help with the decision making process. A form is available to contact them. The safeguarding named nurse can provide further advice see below. There is more information under the “Patients who lack capacity” tab. Questions on the development of paperwork related to consent should be addressed to the Forms Review Group. See their intranet pages for further contact details. The clinical lead for consent is Sean Dixon, available on Extension 3440. The safeguarding named nurse for vulnerable adults is Zoe McLean, contactable via switchboard. Medical staff may also find defence unions helpful such as The Medical Defence Union (MDU) or Medical Protections Society (MPS) Information on the deanery policy on consent for trainees is available from the Postgraduate Education Centre on 3459 Additional information is contained in the trusts policy on consent and policy on the mental capacity act, also available via the document library.

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