Item Specific

Item Specific Mental Capacity Assessment

What is an Item Specific Capacity Assessment?

An Item Specific Capacity Assessment is completed to assess a person’s capacity in any area that we have been instructed to assess. As capacity is item and time specific, we will need to have one or two specific questions that are to be addressed. Examples of assessments we have completed include capacity to decide where to reside or capacity to decide who someone sees.

What is included in the Item Specific Assessment?

Our Item Specific Assessments are written as a detailed report and include all the necessary preparatory work and organising the technical side of a remote assessment via video link, the Item Specific Assessment and reading time.

If your instructions include multiple questions to be asked, please note that we will only complete as many questions in one assessment as the client is happy with or able to complete. If it is deemed necessary, another virtual assessment can be arranged to discuss further questions, however there will be a small additional charge.

What case law do you use?

This will depend on the questions being asked, we may use a combination of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the two-stage test as well as relevant case law. Our Assessors and Quality Monitoring Officers continually update their knowledge of the latest and most relevant case law.

What information do you need from me?

The information we require depends on the points being assessed, but we will need information surrounding that question. Our expert Capacity Assessors use the information provided to us prior to the assessment to construct a question set and then use the information to verify the information given.

Contact us for a copy of our bespoke referral form which lays out the information we request for various assessments. Our dedicated Client Liaison Officers are also able to advise you on this matter during the process.

What happens in the assessment?

The assessment will take place via video link through the use of a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer with webcam. This can take place at the client’s home or at a place where they feel comfortable and is very much conversational, with open questions, and the focus remaining centred around the person being assessed. The questions will cover the points being addressed and if there is any documentation the Assessor will also take the client through that.

The assessment will take approximately one hour.

Why is an Item Specific Assessment necessary?

There may be a number of reasons why the assessment is needed. Our Item Specific Assessment reports are used in a variety of situations where a person capacity is being questioned. The capacity assessment can provide an answer in contentious situations and an opportunity for the client to have a voice, expressing their wishes to an independent party.

What happens if the client lacks capacity?

If a person is deemed to lack capacity the Assessor is able to write up their findings as a detailed report or another form of legal documentation, such as a CoP3 form.

To discuss arranging an Item Specific Capacity Assessment, please contact us for further details.