Why use TSF?
At TSF Consultants, we know that the whole process surrounding the assessment of mental capacity can be both daunting and confusing. That is why we try and make it as simple and easy as possible. We are always at the end of the phone or email and we will take as long as is needed to ensure that fully understand your options and the process ahead of you. No question is too silly or concern too small.
Below are several other elements of our service that set us apart from our competitors.
Due to the high level of referrals, we are currently experiencing slight delays in completing assessments. Despite these delays we are still faster than other providers. We are currently recruiting to our assessor network and apologise for any inconvenience caused in the meantime.
Why is this important?
Often mental capacity doesn’t become an issue until it is too late and any delay in getting an assessment often leads to the situation deteriorating and things getting more complex. Unfortunately, when things become more complex they often also become more expensive in terms of legal fees and costs.
There is currently a 3 month waiting time for submissions to be processed by the Court of Protection or The Office of the Public Guardian. Add a four month wait for the outcome of a mental capacity assessment and you are suddenly looking at over half a year before you can achieve any meaningful outcome to your situation or for your loved one.
We can’t speed up the Courts but we can ensure that you don’t encounter any unnecessary delays.
There are some things in life that are just too important to leave to up to any old Tom, Dick and Harry (nice as they undoubtedly are). We believe that mental capacity assessments are one of those things.
It is a common mistake to think that all mental capacity assessors are equally qualified and knowledgeable. It is also a mistake to think that because someone is a Dr, Nurse or Social Worker then they must automatically be experts in the assessment of mental capacity.
That is why we won’t even consider someone as an assessor unless they have at least 4 years’ experience of assessing mental capacity in a clinical setting. After that they must be able to demonstrate their understanding of the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act and associated case law to the highest level. It is a fact that less that we employ less than 1 in 10 of those that apply to work for us because they fall below our exacting standards.
As if this wasn’t enough, we also work closely with barristers and solicitors to ensure that our understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and all associated case law is correct so that you can be sure the outcome you receive is the right outcome.
It is no coincidence that we are considered the experts within the legal profession.
By all means use Tom, Dick and Harry to mow your lawn but please think twice about using them to assess mental capacity.
We are the only national provider of mental capacity assessments that can boast a comprehensive network of assessors that covers the UK.
Why is that important?
Having a national network of assessors means two things. Firstly it means that unlike our competitors, we can keep costs down in terms of travel and expenses and secondly it means that we can offer a more responsive service in terms of time and location.
Did you know that 100% of our assessments happen at a place that is chosen by the client, be it home, hospital, solicitor’s office etc. This is only possible due to our extensive network of assessors.
All in all it means a cheaper, faster and more responsive service for you or your loved one.
It is a well-known fact that hourly rates are seductive. £90 per hour sounds much better than £600 fixed price – until you realise the job is going to take 10 hours!
The problem with an hourly rate is that there is no incentive to make sure the job is done in a timely manner. In fact, it is more likely to be protracted to achieve a better price! There is rarely a maximum cap on time and they often incur many hidden costs such as travel and additional costs for reports.
Whilst a fixed fee solution may seem more expensive at an initial glance, they are generally better value in the long run. They also mean you can plan your budget and you won’t get any nasty surprises at the end.
sPREAD THE expense
We know that legal action of any kind is not cheap and that as well as our costs you may need to factor in those of your solicitors as well as any other legal expenses you might incur along the way. That is why we offer a number of different ways for you to pay including credit card and allowing you to spread the cost of your assessment over a series of months, interest free.
To discuss different payment options call or email us today.