The Services an AIVuk Member Can Provide To Local Authority Deputies

Deputyship Visits:
It is expected by the Office of the Public Guardian that clients will be visited by the Deputy once a year.  These visits can be delegated to AIVuk members, who are recognized as being qualified to carry them out and issue subsequent MCA compliant reports for submission to the OPG.
Testamentary Capacity Assessments:
Using the principles of Banks v. Goodfellow, AIVuk members are skilled in the application of the case law to their questioning of clients to ascertain their testamentary capacity.
Best Interests Decisions:
Expertise in explaining and applying the principles of Best Interests enable AIVuk members not only to gather the evidence to reach a decision but to document the process in a way which is MCA compliant and able to be used as evidence to substantiate the decision.
Independent Advocacy:
AIVuk members will liaise with Childrens and Adults Services on behalf of clients to ensure that they obtain their rights to assessment and support under health and social welfare legislation, such as the Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act 2014.
Investigation of Complaints:
AIVuk members will carry out investigations into Care Home provision and into complaints against the care being delivered in the community.
Understanding the Office of the Public Guardian and Court of Protection processes:
AIVuk members, most of whom are, or have been, Visitors for the Court of Protection, are uniquely placed to offer information on how to work with the OPG and the CoP.
AIVuk members can offer training and general information sessions with voluntary and professional organisations, such as local charities and care homes