The Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit (MCAST), developed by Mark Jayes, Speech and Language Therapist and PhD student within CATCH has been shortlisted for a Medipex NHS Innovation Award in the 2017 showcase.

Nominated in the “Service Improvement” category – for innovations which have potential to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of services across the NHS – the toolkit has been developed to support multidisciplinary staff to carry out robust mental capacity assessments for patients who need to make decisions about their treatment or discharge arrangements.


CATCH academics Dr Rebecca Palmer and Prof Pam Enderby will be attending the awards dinner and networking event on Thursday 23rd March where the winners will be announced. They will join Professor Sue Pownall from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH), STH CEO Sir Andrew Cash, John Kirkby, Creative Director of Design Futures at SHU who carried out the design work, Inge Weitzel from Design Futures, who led on the toolkit design and Cathy Soreny from Optical Jukebox who did the photography.


The prize money that accompanies the award is £10,000 which if successful, Mark plans to use to conduct more development work on the toolkit to plan a larger evaluation.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish Mark and the MCAST team the best of luck at the awards. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!


To see a full list of the finalists, please visit the website here.