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Mental Capacity

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 235355, tabled on 21 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to consult on which groups of professionals are able to train to be approved mental capacity professionals.

Answered on

28 March 2019

We are discussing with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists ahead of implementation to establish the detail of the role they will play in the new system and the suitability of speech and language therapists becoming approved mental capacity professionals (AMCPs). We will continue to engage with the College regarding the AMCP role as well as on the statutory Code of Practice.

Subject to further consultation and development of the Code of Practice the government envisages that the professionals which could take on the role of AMCPs would include social workers, learning disability nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and other suitable health and social care professionals as appropriate.

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Department of Health and Social Care