Safeguarding representatives from health and social care organisations in Lancashire have worked together to produce an innovative Mental Capacity Act (MCA) educational tool.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) media resource kit was created by a team of MCA leads from across Lancashire. The team comprised of Chorley and South Ribble CCG and Greater Preston CCG Lead Nurse for Safeguarding and MCA Lorraine Elliott; Lancashire County Council’s Designated MCA co-ordinator Anita Lindon; as well as MCA leads from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust and Advocacy Focus.
The resources are designed to be accessible and relevant for all – from frontline staff to members of the public. Comprised of an interactive video and an e-book, the resource provides key data and guidance around the MCA on a national level. Both the video and the e-book use state of the art graphics and animation, as well as trained actors, to present the information in a way that is tailored to all learning styles.
In the brief period since its launch in March 2016, it has been recognised as a significant contribution to patient safety and wellbeing. Esther Nimmo, Lancashire Training Lead for Compassion in Dying said this about the resource:
I showed the Lasting Power of Attorney section of the video to a group of south Asian women I've been working with on an ‘awareness of end of life rights’ project. We call ourselves the ‘Tea Talk and Samosas’ group and we have been exploring innovative ways of communicating rights under the MCA to BME communities.
The group were really engrossed in the DVD and said that they found it a great way to understand the issues.
I will definitely be using the range of films in further training. A fabulous and accessible resource. Thank you for making it freely available!