Common mistakes when assessing capacity No.2

As we know mental capacity is item specific. The next most common mistake I have encountered is not asking the right question.


If you want to get the right answer you have to ask the right question. Seems obvious but all too often assessors assume either ‘blanket capacity’ i.e. you either have it or you don’t or the question they ask is too vague. For example “Do they have capacity to Work?” The answer is “To work as what?” After all, the person might have the capacity to be a caretaker but not a fireman.

A key part of the assessment process is that initial conversation where you identify the specific question to be addressed; the more specific, the better.

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