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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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Assessments

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to protect the rights of vulnerable adults.  In particular, people who are admitted into hospital or care homes in circumstances where they don’t have the capacity to make such decisions for themselves.  Where it appears to the care home or hospital that the person’s circumstances amount to a deprivation of liberty the care home or hospital must make an application to the local authority to deprive the person of their liberty.  In most cases, the deprivation of liberty is in the person’s best interest and a necessary and proportionate response to the risk of harm that would otherwise be present.  If this is the case, the local authority authorises the deprivation of liberty which brings with it certain rights for the detained person.  Rights include the appointment of a representative and the right to apply to the Court of Protection to challenge the Deprivation of Liberty.  The representative or the person themselves may apply to the Court of Protection and non-means tested legal aid is available to cover the costs of any such application.

If you have been instructed by someone or their representative to assist them to make an application to the Court of Protection or would like a second opinion assessment, I can complete an independent Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessment.  If required, I can also complete a mental capacity assessment.  It may be the case that someone has been assessed as lacking capacity incorrectly and subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards regime unnecessarily.