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 Decisions Reports

Best Interests is a term used when concerning people who have been assessed as lacking the mental capacity to make a specific decision.  In order to protect their wishes and feelings about a particular matter, any decision that are subsequently made, have to be made in their best interests.  This applies whether it is a family member, someone appointed as an attorney or deputy, or a health or social care professional.  When making decisions on a person’s behalf, there are principles and a checklist that must be followed to ensure that decisions are being made in the person’s best interests.

As well as assessing people’s mental capacity, I can also be instructed to make best interests decisions such as where a person lives, who with, whether they should move into a care home, whether they should sell a property and a host of other decisions.  I have been making best interests decisions for people since 2009 and over the course of the years I have made hundreds of best interests decisions.  I am regularly instructed by solicitors, local authorities and individuals to make best interests decisions for people.

As an independent Social Worker and Expert Witness, I pride myself in ensuring that, wherever possible, the person’s wishes and feelings are at the forefront of any best interests decisions that I make.  They are made in consultation with family and friends and of course the person themselves.

If you would like to instruct me to complete a mental capacity assessment or best interests decision, or would like to talk about them, please don’t hesitate to contact me.