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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COP3 Mental Capacity Assessment

A COP3 is a form used in the Court of Protection to submit expert opinion when a person lacks the mental capacity to make a specific decision. It is often used when making an application to make decisions for another person such as when making an application to become a deputy for property and financial affairs or health and welfare decisions.

With over 10 years’ experience assessing mental capacity, I can assess a person’s mental capacity and complete Part B of the COP3 form promptly and professionally.  It is possible for G.P.s to complete COP3 forms and sometimes they will complete them free of charge.  However, you may have to wait several months and sometimes they aren’t completed sufficiently which can delay matters further and end up costing more.  A COP3 mental capacity assessment is quite brief in comparison to a full mental capacity report so it’s important to select a competent assessor who can identify the necessary information required but still provide enough evidence that the person lacks capacity.

I offer a swift COP3 service and ensure that once you’re happy with the electronic draft COP3, a copy with a wet signature is sent to you using Royal Mail’s recorded delivery service (next day) at no additional cost.  From instruction to returning the complete assessment, my aim is to complete the forms within 10 days, it’s often less.

Often, I’m instructed by solicitors familiar with the process to complete COP3 mental capacity assessments. If you’re a family member and not instructing a solicitor to help you make the application, it can be quite daunting.  Please don’t worry about the process, I’m always happy to talk to you about the process of assessing mental capacity.  I am an experienced consultant Social Worker and have worked with children and adults with communication and cognitive difficulties since 2005.  I’m always happy to explain what my intentions are, and part of my preparatory work is to discuss how best to communicate with the person being assessed and help them feel at ease with the process.

Sometimes, when instructed to complete a COP3 mental capacity assessment, the person has the mental capacity to decide who should make decisions about their health and welfare or property and financial affairs.  In such instances, it may be appropriate for them to appoint an attorney (Lasting Power of Attorney) rather than a deputy be appointed. If this is the case, instead of completing COP3, I can write a short summary of my findings (about 1 side of A4) to support my conclusions.  For an additional cost, I can write a full mental capacity report or act as a certificate provider should they wish to appoint an attorney.

If you would like to discuss this service further or would like to instruct me to complete a COP3 mental capacity assessment, please don’t hesitate to contact me.