Chapter 15. The Informal Carer

  1. Bridgit Dimond

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch15

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

How to Cite

Dimond, B. (2008) The Informal Carer, in Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch15

Author Information

  1. Emeritus Professor, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405133593

Online ISBN: 9780470697665



  • mental capacity;
  • legislation;
  • registered health;
  • mental capacity act


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition

  • Duty of informal carer

  • Standard of duty of care

  • Informal carer as donee of a lasting power of attorney

  • Informal carer as a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection

  • Best interests

  • Decisions within their remit

  • Conflicts with statutory authorities and health and social services professionals

  • Code of Practice

  • Failure by informal carer to follow the Code of Practice

  • Accountability

  • Civil proceedings

  • Criminal proceedings

  • Advance decisions

  • Research

  • Independent mental capacity advocate

  • Access to personal information

  • The informal carer as donee of an LPA or deputy

  • Principles of confidentiality and exceptions to that duty

  • Documentation and the informal carer

  • Record keeping guidance

  • How long should any such documentation be kept?

  • Conclusions

  • References