Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed into law on the 30th December 2015. This Act applies to everyone and is relevant to all health and social care services. The Act is about supporting decision-making and maximising a person’s capacity to make decisions. The Act will be commenced in June 2022.

Latest News

  • Upcoming webinars: We started a series of webinars on the Act in February 2022 and then hosting one a month.  
  • We are happy to announce the Launch of e-learning programme Supporting Decision-Making in Health and Social Care held on the 7th April 2022 at 2pm.  The recording of the webinar will be uploaded here shortly.  Opening Address: Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer, HSE. This suite of e-learning modules focuses on the principles of supported decision-making and model key communication skills, strategies and tools. 
  • They are for all staff in health and social care who work with adults.
    This programme is part of HSE preparation for commencement of Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 which is due to commence in June 2022. These modules are available on HSEland.
  • Short Presentation on the Act: We have recorded a short presentation on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.
  • Our e-learning programmes are due to be launched in March 2022. This programme will cover supporting decision-making, planning for the future and the functional assessment of capacity.
  • The Decision Support Service is currently holding public consultations on a number of codes of practice on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Please click here for further information.
  • Draft heads of bill for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2021 have been published by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Please click here for further information. 
  • The Decision Support Service is looking for suitable applicants to apply for a new panel of decision-making representatives. For more information click here. 
  • If you want to join our mailing list, please contact adm@hse.ie

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Explainer Video

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Explainer Video contains simple core messages on the Act from the voices of staff and people who use our services. It is intended for use across all services to provide information to staff on what the Act means for their practice.

View the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 explainer video.

Webinars

Watch our webinars on Consent, Assisted Decision Making, Advance care planning, supported decision-making and Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR)- Guidance for Healthcare Workers by clicking the links below.

Webinar series - Advance Care Planning, Supporting Decision-Making and Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR)

Webinar series - Consent and Assisted Decision-Making

Webinar series - Supporting the consent process for the vaccination programme against Sars-CoV-2 (Covid-19)

Webinar series 2022 - Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Commencement and Implementation

Frequently asked questions

Please click here for answers to some frequently asked questions on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

Newsletters

Read our quarterly newsletters to keep staff and people who use our services up to date on the work on the National Consent Policy and preparations for the commencement of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

Spring 2022 Newsletter

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Winter 2020 Newsletter

Autumn 2020 Newsletter

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act: Personal and Professional Reflections - A Collection of Essays

On Wednesday 3rd November 2021, the HSE National Office of Human Rights and Equality Policy in conjunction with the Decision Support Service and the School of Law, University College Cork launched a book titled 'The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Personal and Professional Reflections'. 

Wardship

HSE Community Operations have developed a guidance document to provide for a clear and consistent approach on steps required before an application for wardship of an adult is considered by the HSE.

The Office of the Wards of Court have information on their website in relation to their plans for commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

Other resources

About the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy

Find out more about the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy.

Further information