The Best Interests Assessor Practice Handbook

Second edition

By Rachel Hubbard and Kevin Stone

Published

Oct 25, 2022

Page count

256 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

ISBN

978-1447368182

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Oct 25, 2022

Page count

256 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

ISBN

978-1447368205

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
The Best Interests Assessor Practice Handbook

The Best Interests Assessor (BIA) Practice Handbook is firmly grounded in real-life practice and remains the only textbook focusing directly on the BIA role. Offering clear and practical advice on the legal elements of the role, and the values and practice elements of working within the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) framework, this is essential reading for BIA students and practitioners.

This fully-updated edition takes account of recent legislative changes, including the planned changes from the Mental Capacity Amendment Act 2019, recent case law and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BIA practice.

Packed with advice on delivering effective, person-centred, rights-driven practice, it includes:

• case studies;

• legal summaries;

• decision-making activities;

• CPD support;

• examples of new case law in practice.

Looking forward, the book considers the new context for practice in the Approved Mental Capacity Professional (AMCP) role within the LPS and the potential roles that BIAs might fulfil in this new framework in the future.

"...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

"Fantastic to see this updated edition of The Best Interests Assessor Practice Handbook which has been revised to include the most recent case law and current understanding of the new role for BIAs. This book remains an essential read for BIA practitioners and educators." Tanya Moore, Course Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Social Work and Social Care, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel Hubbard is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at UWE, Bristol, social work CPD Programme Leader, module leader for their Best Interests Assessment qualifying module and a registered and experienced Social Worker and Best Interests Assessor.

Kevin Stone is an Associate Professor and Lead Social Worker at the University of Plymouth. He is a registered social worker, practising Approved Mental Health Professional, qualified Best Interests Assessor and a university AMHP programme leader.

1. Introduction

Part 1: Context for Practice

2. The BIA Role in Practice

3. The Multi-Professional BIA Role

4. Working with Others

Part 2: Assessment, Challenges and Dilemmas

5. Making Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Decisions

6. Evidence-informed Practice

7. Ethical dilemmas in BIA practice

8. BIA Recording

Part 3: Developing Good Practice

9. BIA Continuing Professional Development

10. BIA Futures