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Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

We all make decisions, big and small, every day of our lives. Most of us are able to make these decisions by ourselves. Sometimes we may seek information, advice, or support if the decision we are making is more complex. There are many people accessing our health services whose ability to make certain decisions about their life and choices may be affected by a disability, an accident, a medical procedure, or a chronic illness- either on a temporary or a permanent basis. With the right support, these people can continue, regardless of their condition, to exercise their right to making decisions.

A new law has been passed which maximises a person's right to make their own decisions, with legally recognised supports, whenever possible. 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 has not yet been commenced. However the HSE is doing a number of things to prepare staff and services for commencement. During Autumn 2020, we will be delivering a series of webinars focusing on Consent and Assisted Decision-Making. We will also be launching our explainer video on the Act. 

About the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy

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Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Explainer Video

Please click here to view the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 explainer video.

Latest news from the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy:

  • We are running a series of webinars this autumn focusing on Consent and Assisted Decision-Making. Please click here for more information.
  • We ran a series of webinars in June 2020 on Advance care planning, supported decision making and Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR)- Guidance for Healthcare Workers. Please click here to view the webinars. 
  • Guidance has been developed on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and DNAR decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for more information.
  • We held three events in 2019 on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015:
  • Caoimhe Gleeson, Programme Lead, HSE Assisted Decision-Making and Consent Office, participated in a QI Talktime in May 2019. You can see the slides and view the recording here.
  • The HSE has developed a number of draft Codes of Practice on the Act on behalf of the Decision Support Service - three on Advance Healthcare Directives and an overarching Code on the Act for Health and Social Care Professionals. These Codes of Practice have been submitted to the Director of the Decision Support Service for consideration. 
  • The HSE ADM and Consent Office has been delivering information and briefing sessions on the Act to services and senior management teams. If you would like us to talk to your service about the Act, please contact adm@hse.ie
  • The consultation process on the draft Codes of Practice on Advance Healthcare Directives has now concluded. Please click here to access the consultation page.
  • The consultation process on the draft Guide on the Act for health and social care professionals has now concluded. Please click here to access the consultation page.

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