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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Mental Capacity and Best Interests Training

All of my training can now be booked as a face-to-face course (subject to COVID-19 safety measures) and virtually over the Zoom platform.

Since it’s introduction in 2007, the Mental Capacity Act has provided a framework to support people to make their own decisions wherever possible.  It also introduced best interests principles that should be applied if a person is making decisions for another person.  Mental capacity is decision and time specific and it isn’t uncommon for a person to have capacity to make a particular decision and not others.  Decisions can be relatively minor day-to-day decisions or larger decisions such as where they might live.  Therefore, the knowledge and skills required to undertake mental capacity assessments and make best interests decisions is of utmost importance.

As a qualified trainer and Expert Witness, I can provide high quality training to local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, care homes and residential schools.  I also practice as a Best Interests Assessor under the Mental Capacity Act so have a good working knowledge of deprivation of liberty.

Depending upon your requirements, I can provide this training at any level (managers or practitioners) over a half day or full day training.  I don’t provide open courses which enables me to design a bespoke training package to your exact requirements at a venue that suits you. If you prefer, I can adapt this course to be delivered virtually over a live Zoom session.  I charge a fixed fee, so it doesn’t matter whether you have 5 or 20 people that require training.