As you will be aware, the health and social care sector (like others) is working hard to maintain essential services in what are extremely challenging times. Whilst the manner in which many of us work is being adapted in line with current Government and Public Health England guidance, it is recognised that much of the work we undertake can’t simply just stop. So, there is a balance to be had between ensuring, as far as possible, the wellbeing of everyone (especially vulnerable people) and maintaining vital services. I am committed to maintaining as many of the services I provide throughout this period of uncertainty whilst acting responsibly to help ensure the safety of those I work with, vulnerable people and their carers.

To this end, until further notice, the following will apply:

Where possible, I will assess and consult people using non face-to-face methods such as Skype and telephone calls. Sometimes this is not possible and, in those situations, where safe to do so, I will continue with a face-to-face approach. If this is required, current Government guidelines will be followed. Whichever method will be adopted will depend entirely upon the nature and urgency of the work and will be discussed with the instructing party and care providers where applicable.

I wish you a safe and healthy time as we work together over the coming months,

Best Wishes, Gary.

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Best Interests Assessor Update Training… Did You Know?

We’ve just released our first dates for our new BIA Update Training for newly qualified Best Interests Assessors and those that haven’t undertaken assessments recently. Take a look at the calendar and book yourself in today because there’s a lot of interest.

Feedback from our other BIA Update Training has identified that whilst update training isn’t mandatory for newly qualified assessors, many felt an additional session following their qualification training provided a safe environment where they could ask questions about the practical aspects of being a Best Interests Assessor. Somewhere where no questions are too ‘silly’ and where new assessors can Network with others just starting out.  It’s also a useful course if you require a additional help to write your assessments because we spend time identifying what to write in your assessments and how to gather good quality, factual information to use.

This course still counts as legal update training that all assessors have to complete and is 6 hours of CPD. It covers everything you would expect such as case law updates and has an extended sesssion focusing on the mental capacity assessment. Of course, if you’re not newly qualified but just want to update your knowledge and skills then come along too. As an added extra, booking onto this BIA Update Training gives you the option of email support through an assessment you complete after the training…. ideal for independent Best Interests Assessors.

Initially the courses will all be in London but easily accessible using public transport. We look forward to seeing you at the next one.