The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 will have significant implications for health and social care providers in the provision of safe person-centred care based on respecting the individual rights of each person. In response to these implications the HSE has established a National Assisted Decision Making (ADM) Steering Group to develop a programmatic response to the legislation to ensure effective compliance and implementation. This group is chaired by Professor Mary Donnelly, School of Law, University College Cork.
Role of the Steering Group
The role of the steering group is to develop guidance on the Act applicable to the health and social care context supported by an education and training plan, an information and communications plan and supporting documentation.
The role of the steering group is as follows:
- Provide advice and support on the development of draft guidance for health and social care and supporting documentation.
- Provide advice and guidance on the development of an ADM education and training implementation plan
- Provide advice and guidance on the development of an ADM information and communications plan
- Provide advice and guidance on the development of an advanced healthcare directive implementation plan
- Consult with key stakeholders through a targeted consultation process on the draft guidance for health and social care professionals
- Review and incorporate feedback from the targeted consultation process as appropriate.
- Liaise with other key stakeholders leading the development of ADM Codes of Practice e.g. Department of Justice, Department of Health, Mental Health Commission, National Disability Authority
- Finalise and approve the draft guidance for health and social care and finalise supporting documentation.
- Submit to the National Director of the Quality Improvement Division for approval and onward submission to the HSE Leadership Team for ratification.
- Submit the guidance to the Director of the Decision Support Service for consideration as a Code of Practice.
For further information, please contact Jacqueline Grogan, Project Manager, HSE National Quality Improvement Team at email@example.com.