The Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Assessments, Standard Authorisations and Disputes about Residence) (Wales) Regulations 2009

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2009/783

2009No. 783 (W.69)

MENTAL CAPACITY, WALES

The Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Assessments, Standard Authorisations and Disputes about Residence) (Wales) Regulations 2009

24March2009

11February2009

1April2009

The Welsh Ministers make these Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 65(1) of, and paragraphs 31, 33(4), 47(1), 70, 129(3), 130 (2), (3) and (5) and 183(6) and (7) of Schedule A1 to, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 1.

A draft of this instrument, has been laid before the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with section 50(11) of the Mental Health Act 2007 2, and approved by resolution of the National Assembly for Wales.

PART 1

General

Title, commencement and application

1.-

(1) These Regulations are called the Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Assessments, Standard Authorisations and Disputes about Residence) (Wales) Regulations 2009 and come into force on 1 April 2009.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Interpretation

2.-

(1) In these Regulations-

"the Act" (y Ddeddf) means the Mental Capacity Act 2005;

"approved mental health professional" (gweithiwr proffesiynol iechyd meddwl a gymeradwywyd) means a person approved under section 114(1) of the Mental Health Act 1983 3

"best interests assessor" (asesydd lles pennaf) means a person selected to carry out a best interests assessment under paragraph 38 of Schedule A1 to the Act;

"Care Council for Wales" (Cyngor Gofal Cymru) has the meaning given by section 54(1) of the Care Standards Act 2000;

"eligibility assessor" (asesydd cymhwystra) means a person selected to carry out the eligibility assessment under paragraph 46 of Schedule A1 to the Act.

(2) For the purpose of these Regulations "supervisory body" (corff goruchwylio) includes a Local Health Board exercising supervisory functions in accordance with regulation 3 of the Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Appointment of Relevant Representative) (Wales) Regulations 2009 4.

PART 2

Eligibility to carry out assessments

Eligibility - general

3.-

(1) Subject to additional requirements in regulations 4 to 8 a person is only eligible to carry out an assessment, other than an age assessment, where the supervisory body is satisfied that the person-

(a) is insured in respect of any liabilities that might arise in connection with carrying out the assessment; and(b) has the skills and experience appropriate to the assessment he or she is to carry out which must include, but is not limited to, the following skills-(i) the ability to communicate effectively with a view to identifying characteristics and attributes of a person that are relevant to that person's needs, and(ii) the ability to act independently of any person who appoints him or her to carry out an assessment and of any person who is providing care or treatment to the person he or she is to assess.

(2) The supervisory body must be satisfied that there is in respect of the person-

(a) an enhanced criminal record certificate issued under section 113B of the Police Act 1997 5; or(b) if the purpose for which the certificate is required is not one prescribed under subsection (2) of that section, a criminal record certificate issued pursuant to section 113A of that Act 6 .

Eligibility to carry out mental health assessment

4.A person is eligible to carry out a mental health assessment 7 if that person is -

(a) approved under section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983 8; or(b) a registered medical practitioner who the supervisory body is satisfied has relevant experience in the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorder.

Eligibility to carry out best interests assessments

5.-

(1) A person is eligible to carry out a best interests assessment 9 if that person is-

(a) an approved mental health professional;(b) a social worker registered with the Care Council for Wales;(c) a first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses' Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001;(d) an occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001; or(e) a chartered psychologist listed in the British Psychological Society's Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a practising certificate issued by that Society.

(2) The supervisory body must also be satisfied that a person has the ability to take account of the views of any person who is interested in the welfare of the person to be assessed and the ability to assess the relevance and importance of those views in making an assessment.

Eligibility to carry out mental capacity assessment or eligibility assessment

6.A person is eligible to carry out a mental capacity assessment 10 or an eligibility assessment 11 if they are eligible to carry out -

(a) a mental health assessment; or(b) a best interests assessment.

PART 3

Selection of Assessors

Selection of assessors - general

7.-

(1) A supervisory body may only select a person to carry out an assessment in any individual case where the person is-

(a) not financially interested in the care of the relevant person;(b) not a relative of the relevant person; and(c) not a relative of a person who is financially interested in the care of the relevant person.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation a "relative" (perthynas) means:

(a) the father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, grandmother, grandfather, grandson or granddaughter of that person or of that person's spouse, former spouse, civil partner or former civil partner; or(b) the...

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