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. Progress on the Bill will resume in the Houses of the Oireachtas as early as possible following the beginning of the autumn session, and it remains the intention and firm commitment of Government to commence the 2015 Act in full as soon as possible.

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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.

E-Learning Programme

The Supporting Decision-Making in Health and Social Care Programme was launched on 7th April 2022. This suite of e-learning modules focuses on the principles of supported decision-making and model key communication skills, strategies and tools. 

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.

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