The Office of the Public Guardian is looking for special visitors to carry out mental capacity assessments of their clients.
Applicants should be registered medical practitioners with a licence to practise, HCPC registered psychologists who are ideally chartered by the British Psychological Society, also psychiatrists who are on the specialty register. Candidates with expertise in assessing people with Neurodevelopment disorders including learning disabilities and autism, Neuropsychiatric disorders and dementia are particularly welcome. They should also have expert knowledge of impairment or functioning of the mind or brain, experience in assessing mental capacity and an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
You can read more on the Public Appointments site.
The Office of the Public Guardian has published fresh guidance on the correct approach where deputies make care payments to family members who are providing care for someone who lacks mental capacity.
You can download the full document from the OPG website here.
The Office of the Public Guardian has published it's safeguarding policy
The policy supports the Public Guardian’s role in safeguarding, and sets out how OPG will "work with other agencies to recognise and manage suspicions, allegations and findings of abuse of adults and children at risk, who are within the Public Guardian’s remit."
The policy is underpinned by six principles, identified as:
The full document can be downloaded from the OPG site here.
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