Best Interests Assessors (BIA) are specialist practitioners with a unique professional identity. This is the first book to consider this complex role in depth, offering practical guidance and exploring its particular challenges in the context of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legal framework.
How can you work with people who lack capacity to make sure their voice is heard? How can you maintain quality of assessments and decision-making while managing an increasing workload? How do you keep up to date with case law and work out how to apply it to day-to-day practice?
The book answers these questions and many more, allowing you to meet the ever-changing requirements of the role, whilst maintaining professional knowledge, values and ethics in practice, now and in the future. Activities including case studies, legal summaries, decision making activities, CPD support and case law will be welcomed by BIA students, practitioners and others interested in the role.
"...provides an excellent introduction for BIA students, with many areas for critical reflection and development for more experienced practitioners... particularly
helpful in articulating and championing the potential for BIAs to improve the daily experience of people receiving care" Social Work Education
"This is a solid, practical text… this handbook draws together an impressive range of material, providing some in-depth discussion, yet practical guidance on the role of the BIA…" The British Journal of Social Work
"Practitioners will relish a textbook so firmly grounded in real life practice. A most readable, attractive and engaging guide written by people who clearly know what they are talking about." Dr Robert Johns, University of East London
"This handbook is long overdue. It explains the role of the BIA and provides some helpful hints and pointers. I would recommend it to both practitioners and students." Tamsin Waterhouse, University of Birmingham
"This excellent handbook will become a well-used resource for BIA practitioners and students." Tanya Moore, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Rachel Hubbard is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of the West of England, module leader for their Best Interests Assessment module and a practising Best Interests Assessor.
Dr Kevin Stone is CPD programme manager and Senior Lecturer for Social Work at the University of the West of England, a warranted Approved Mental Health Professional and qualified Best Interest Assessor.
Context for practice;
The BIA role in practice;
The multi-professional BIA role;
Working with others;
Assessment: Challenges and dilemmas
Making deprivation of liberty safeguards decisions
Ethical Dilemmas in BIA practice
Developing good practice for the future
BIA continuing professional development
The Future of the BIA role