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Who can complete a mental capacity assessment?

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions for oneself. A mental capacity assessment is used to determine whether an individual has the mental capacity to make decisions about their own life, including decisions about their personal care, finances, and property. The Social Care Institute for Excellence advises that anyone involved in a person care can be involved in completing a mental capacity assessment, however in cases involving complex or major decisions you may need to get a professional opinion. The assessor must be an impartial, qualified professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or social worker.


The type of professional who can complete a mental capacity assessment


A mental capacity assessment can only be completed by a professional with the proper training and credentials. This type of assessment is historically completed by a GP or Medical professional, However Social Workers are called upon to complete mental capacity assessments on a daily basis and apply a holistic social model to and their assessments. Social Workers have recently become the preferred professional for mental capacity assessments by many legal professionals.


Mental capacity assessments are often used in legal proceedings, such as when someone is being appointed as a deputy or power of attorney. The assessment can also be used in legal decisions, such as when someone is considering creating a new will or transferring a property.


The different circumstances in which a mental capacity assessment may be conducted

A mental capacity assessment is an assessment of an individual's ability to make decisions for themselves. The assessment is used to determine whether an individual has the mental capacity to make a specific decision about their own life, including decisions about their health, welfare, and finances.

Mental capacity assessments are conducted in a variety of different circumstances, including when an individual is:


- Applying for a financial product or service

- Entering into a contract


If you are unsure about whether or not you have the mental capacity to make a decision, it is important to seek professional advice. A mental capacity assessment can help you to understand your current level of capacity and make informed decisions about your future.


The process of completing a mental capacity assessment


Mental capacity assessments are required when an individual is suspected of suffering from a mental disorder that impairs their ability to make sound decisions. The assessment is conducted by a Social Work professional and involves observing the individual's behaviour, interviewing them, and can in some cases administering psychological tests such as a Montreal Cognitive Assessment.


The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether or not the individual has the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. If it is determined that they do not, then a someone else could make decisions on their behalf. Mental capacity assessments are important because they help to protect the rights of individuals who may be unable to make decisions for themselves.


A social worker is a professional who is trained to work with individuals, families and communities to promote social change and development. They are also trained to assess and intervene in situations where there are risks to people's health and wellbeing.


Why ask a Social Worker to assess mental capacity?


One of the key roles of a social worker is to complete mental capacity assessments. A mental capacity assessment is an assessment of a person's ability to make decisions for themselves. The assessment is used to determine whether a person has the mental capacity to make a specific decision at a specific time.


There are many reasons why you would use a social worker to complete a mental capacity assessment. Social workers have the skills and training to assess a person's capacity and to understand the complex issues surrounding mental capacity. They can also provide support and advice to people who lack capacity.


Social Work and Mental Capacity


It is essential that social workers consider mental capacity in all aspects of their work. Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions for oneself. When working with clients, social workers must be able to determine whether or not their client has the mental capacity to make decisions about their own lives.


There are a number of factors that can impact someone's mental capacity. This can include things like dementia, mental illness, and even intoxication. It's important to remember that everyone's capacity can be impacted by different things and to always err on the side of caution.


Why Choose Nellie Supports to complete your mental capacity assessment?


Nellie Supports have been providing mental capacity assessments for individuals with assessment reports accepted by the court of protection, the court of appeal, local authorities and solicitors nationwide. We have a team of highly trained and experienced Social Worker who can provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your mental capacity.


We believe that our mental capacity assessments are the most accurate and reliable available, and we are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our clients. Our Social Workers ensure your capacity assessment is a relaxed and comfortable experience completed in a place you feel most comfortable whether this is in your own home or via video-link.


If you're not sure whether or not your client has the mental capacity to make a decision, you should seek professional help. If you need support, you can contact our team at nellie supports on nellie@nelliesupports.com or on 0333 987 5118

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