Health and Welfare Decisions
Why is there a need for assessment?
Many day-to-day decisions and actions can be supported or made by a person’s family or carers, but for more complex decisions, a formal assessment may be required, to assess their mental capacity for decision making.
What the law says
The Mental Health Act (2005) makes it clear that any decision or action affecting a person’s care and treatment must always be made in their best interests, taking into account their feelings, beliefs, values, wishes and capacity to be involved.
Who requests our assessments?
We complete independent assessments for a whole range of individuals and organisations, including local authorities and solicitors. When it comes to Health and Welfare decisions, there are many different reasons why an assessment may be needed, including:
When it comes to Health and Welfare decisions, there are many different reasons why an assessment may be needed, including:
To support a specific decision – such as a move into a care home.
To allow health and welfare attorneys to act.
To provide evidence for tribunals and Best Interest decisions.
For Court of Protection (COP3) applications.