Mental Capacity Assessment Services

What we Do

Circle Case Management’s Mental Capacity Assessment team is led by Dr. Abi Cheeseman, critically acclaimed Clinical Psychologist.

The Mental Capacity Assessment team includes Clinical Psychologist's Neuro, SALT Therapist, RGM Mental Health Nurses, Specialist RGN Nurse and Specialist Occupational Therapist. 

With a range of different specialities, the Mental Capacity Assessment team can conduct a variety of capacity assessments as well as completing COP3 documentation, retrospective assessments and lasting power of attorney.   

The team are available for instruction throughout England and Wales.

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What is the Mental Capacity act?

The Mental Capacity Act, also known as an MCA, is a Code of practice that provides guidance for decisions made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It is a legal act that empowers and protects anybody that may lack capacity to make decisions about their own daily living, care and treatment. The act applies to anyone over the age of 16.

The Mental Capacity Act includes decisions regarding the persons daily living such as shopping, care and finances as well as decisions that are life altering such as surgery, marriage or living arrangements.

People who suffer with dementia, a severe learning disability, a mental health illness or have a brain injury may lack capacity but having one of the fore mentioned conditions does not automatically mean the person affected does lack capacity.

Capacity is broken down into individual assessments, a person may lack the capacity to make decisions on their finances but may still have the capacity to make decisions about their care. 

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 states:

  • Unless proven otherwise, an assessor must assume that the person has the capacity to make a decision themselves.
  • Help people to make their own decisions wherever possible.
  • An unwise decision does not mean that the person is lacking in capacity.
  • Making a decision for someone who does not have capacity, must be done so in their best interests.
  • Care and treatment provided to someone who lacks capacity should be the least restrictive of their basic rights and freedoms

The Mental Capacity Act allows the person involved to voice their opinion for care and treatment, and to appoint a trusted person to make a decision on their behalf should they lack capacity in the future. This can be a family member, friend or a professional deputy. As well as this an independent advocate should be provided to support and offer guidance on decisions.

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How is Mental Capacity Assessed?

The Mental Capacity Act sets out a 2-step test of capacity:

  1. Is the person suffering with an impairment of their brain or mind from the result of illness or external factors such as drug or alcohol use?
  2. Are specific decisions unable to be made when needed, because of the impairment? The person may lack capacity to make some decisions, but still have the capacity to make other decisions. A persons capacity can fluctuate with time – someone may lack capacity at a certain time, but may be able to make the same decision at a later point in time.

A person should be allowed the time to make a decision themselves, where appropriate.

The Mental Capacity Act states that a person is unable to make a decision if they can’t:

  • Understand the information regarding to the decision
  • Retain the information given to them.
  • Use the information given to them as part of the thinking process to make a decision. 

Mental Capacity Assessment Services FAQs

How long will the assessment take? 

We usually allow one to two hours for the assessment. The assessor will of course offer regular breaks if the recipient needs. The key is to ensure the recipient is as comfortable as possible before the assessment begins and throughout

How long will it take to get my report/ CoP3?

We try to book the assessment within two weeks of the first enquiry then we allow approximately two further weeks (after the date of the assessment) for the findings to be sent to you. This allows time for writing up, quality control and for the findings to be sent out. 

When will I be invoiced?

For private enquiries: All fees are due before the assessment takes place.

For all other enquiries: The invoice will be sent shortly after or with the report/ upon completion of the findings.      

What information will I need to provide at point of initial enquiry?

It would be really useful for us to have as much of the below information at point of initial enquiry as possible:

• Client’s age and whether they are a child or adult

• Client’s location in the country and whether you require a face to face or virtual assessment (please provide a full postcode for face to face meetings)

• Client’s presentation (for example, are there any injuries/ diagnoses?) What is the reasoning behind the requirement for an assessment

• Very importantly: Are there any risks or mental health complications associated with a face to face meeting with the client. Please provide as much information as possible including past issues relating to dangerous behaviour or anything you feel would be useful to disclose.

 •Type of assessment required (Testamentary, Property & Finances, Litigation etc)

What if I require multiple assessments?

Please let us know if this is the case as usually, if there is more than one subject to be covered, we would require more than one appointment. This would increase the prices quoted so it is very important to let us know so we can quote accordingly. 

The team are available for instruction throughout the U.K. 

Meet the Team

Our Team

Dr Abi Cheeseman Clinical Psychologist

Dr Abi Cheeseman

Clinical Psychologist

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Caroline Lewis Specialist OT

Caroline Lewis

Specialist
OT

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Donna Henry Mental Health Nurse

Donna Henry

Mental Health
Nurse

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Dr Kiran Chohan Clinical Psychologist

Dr Kiran Chohan

Clinical Psychologist

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Nicky Ryder Occupational Therapist

Nicky Ryder

Occupational Therapist

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Eleanor Tallon social worker

Eleanor Tallon

Social Worker

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Dr Kiran Chohan Clinical Psychologist

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RGN Mental Health

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Nicky Ryder Occupational Therapist

Rita Ricketts-Arthur

RGN Mental Health

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Eleanor Tallon social worker

Kass Pullan

Social Worker

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Dr Kiran Chohan Clinical Psychologist

Emma Chapman

Social Worker

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Nicky Ryder Occupational Therapist

Phillip Mitchell

Social Worker

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Eleanor Tallon social worker

Rachel Martello

Social Worker

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Dr Kiran Chohan Clinical Psychologist

Vicky Moss

Social Worker

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Nicky Ryder Occupational Therapist

Sasha Silberman Hanks

Learning Disability Nurse

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Eleanor Tallon social worker

Sam Cooper

Speech and Language Therapist

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Dr Kiran Chohan Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Liptrott

Social Worker

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Nicky Ryder Occupational Therapist

Stephen Lonsdale

Social Worker

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Contact Us

Speak to our fantastic team

Circle Case Management
Head Office
Unit 5 Fosseway Park, Harepath Road
Seaton, Devon , EX12 2WH

Telephone: 01297 24145

Richard Thorp 
Managing Director 07899 094633

Pippa Bird 
Director Case Management/Expert Witness 07942 898666

Yvonne Spijkerman 
Director Case Management/Expert Witness 07881 904543

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