What happens in a Mental Capacity Assessment?

A Mental Capacity Assessment consists of three stages (see article on how long does a mental capacity assessment take) but the one most people are concerned about is the ‘face to face element’.

The first thing to emphasise is that an assessment is not about trying to ‘catch you out’ – it is about showing you at your best, identifying your strengths, weaknesses and any support you require in relation to being able to make the identified decision.

In order to do this, one of our Mental Capacity Assessors will meet with you on a one to one basis, at a time and place that suits you best. Our Assessor will take time to put you at ease and explain exactly what they are assessing for and the specific criteria that they are looking for. We don’t believe in trick questions and if there is anything you don’t understand let the Assessor know so they can explain it to you in a way you can.
Whilst our preference is that we see you by yourself, you can have other people around to introduce you and help you settle before the assessment. They can also stay in close proximity, say another room so that you can call for them if you feel you need their support with anything.