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What qualifications do I need to be a best interest assessor?

What qualifications do I need to be a best interest assessor?

Students must be a qualified and registered Social Worker, Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Approved Mental Health Practitioner, Chartered Psychologist or Occupational Therapist with a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience at the point of application.

Who can act as a best interests assessor?

The Best Interest Assessor (BIA) Be a registered social worker; or. Be a qualified and registered first level nurse, Occupational Therapist or chartered Psychologist; and. Have had at least 2 years post qualifying experience; and. Have successfully completed approved Best Interest Assessor training; and.

Who can be a DoLS assessor?

The assessor must be either a doctor with specific psychiatric expertise, often approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act, who has undergone appropriate training to be a medical assessor, or an AMHP who is also a best interests assessor.

What are the 6 requirements for DoLS?

The DoLS assessment makes sure that the care being given to the person with dementia is in the person’s best interests. There are six parts to the assessment: age, mental health, mental capacity, best interests, eligibility and no refusals.

What does a best interest assessor do?

The best interests assessor needs to decide whether DOL is occurring, or is likely to occur, and, if so, whether the DOL is in the best interests of the person being assessed. Chapter 2 of the MCA DOLS Code contains guidance on factors that need to be considered in deciding whether DOL is occurring.

What are the 2 questions asked in the acid test?

A Supreme Court judgement in March 2014 made reference to the ‘acid test’ to see whether a person is being deprived of their liberty, which consisted of two questions: Is the person subject to continuous supervision and control? and. Is the person free to leave?

Can an occupational therapist be a best interest assessor?

The best interest assessor can be a: Social worker. Nurse. An occupational therapist or psychologist.

Who should attend a best interest meeting?

It is generally best practice that the person who chairs or co-ordinates the best interests’ meeting is not the person who is the decision-maker. This avoids any possible conflict of interest. The decision-maker must attend the meeting.

What is a best interest meeting?

A best interests meeting should mean that the decision-making process is transparent, clearly recorded, and can stand up to subsequent scrutiny. In addition a best interests meeting should ensure that service users are empowered and protected from random or unsound decision-making.

How long can a person be deprived of their liberty?

The managing authority can deprive a person of their liberty for up to seven days using an urgent authorisation. It can only be extended (for up to a further seven days) if the supervisory body agrees to a request made by the managing authority to do this.

Do you have to be a best interest assessor?

A best interest assessment is a process to consider authorisation of deprivation of liberty for those people. In England, to act as a Best Interest Assessor, you must complete an approved Best Interest Assessor.

Who are the best interests assessors for Dols?

( 66 ) Best interests assessors are the lynchpin on which the entire edifice of DoLS rests, and they have a range of duties that fall to them within the operation of the Safeguards. Best interests assessors are often the main assessors though a mental health assessor may also assess capacity.

Who is responsible for the best interests assessment?

Best interests assessors are often the main assessors though a mental health assessor may also assess capacity. They are responsible for ascertaining that the person is 18 or older (the age assessment, now generally incorporated as part of the best interests assessment).

How does the best interest assessor apply the Acid Test?

The Best Interest Assessor must then apply the acid test to consider whether the care plan, and how it is being implemented constitutes a detention, and therefore a deprivation of liberty.

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