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 Report

What is a COP3 Mental Capacity Assessment Report?

A COP3 mental capacity assessment (sometimes referred to as a COP3 mental capacity report or COP3 form) 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 completed by an experienced mental capacity assessor (often an Social Worker or Psychiatrist) and it is 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.

Over a Decade Assessing Mental Capacity

Neil and Gary are qualified and experienced Best Interests Assessor and with over 10 years’ experience completing over a thousand mental capacity assessments, we can assess a person’s mental capacity and complete Part B of the COP3 report promptly and professionally.  A COP3 mental capacity assessment is quite brief in comparison to a full mental capacity report so it’s important to select a competent mental capacity assessor who can identify only the necessary information but still provide enough evidence that the person lacks capacity.

We offer a swift COP3 mental capacity assessment service and ensure that once you are happy with the electronic draft COP3 form, 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, our aim is to complete the COP3 report within seven days.

Depending upon the person’s circumstances, we can either conduct COP3 mental capacity assessments over a video call or face-to-face.  Of utmost importance is, whatever approach is used, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act are preserved and the person is not at a disadvantage because the wrong approach is used.  When instructed, there will always be a conversation about this and agreement on the best approach to take.

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

We are certified to administer the MoCA test which is an assessment tool to screen for mild cognitive impairment.  It isn’t a diagnostic tool and if an unexpected cognitive impairment is identified, it is important that this is followed up by the person with health professionals.  The MoCA test is a useful tool for COP3 mental capacity assessments where there is no specific diagnosis because it can evidence a cognitive impairment for the purposes of Part B of the COP3 form.  It is only used where necessary and is available at no extra cost when we complete a COP3 mental capacity assessment.

Contact us Today for a completed COP3 Mental Capacity Assessment within seven Days

Often, we are 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, we are always happy to talk to you about the process of a COP3 mental capacity assessment.  We are experienced consultant Social Workers and have worked with children and adults with communication and cognitive difficulties since 2005.  We are always happy to explain what our intentions are, and part of our 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 a COP3 report, we can write a short summary of our findings (about 1 side of A4) to support our conclusions.  For an additional cost, we 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 us to complete a COP3 mental capacity assessment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  If you work for a law firm, we are also happy to be added to your directory of trusted mental capacity assessors.