As part of our Nuffield Foundation funded research on the Court of Protection’s, we are exploring the views of legal, health and social care professionals on the court’s health, welfare and deprivation of liberty jurisdiction. We are especially interested in the views of local authority and NHS staff, IMCAs, solicitors and barristers who have experience of Court of Protection litigation.
We have set up a survey seeking information about accessibility, efficiency and transparency in the Court’s jurisdiction. We are not asking survey respondents to talk about particular cases or their views on substantive decisions, rather we are interested in the process of Court of Protection litigation.
If you work for a local authority or the NHS, or are an IMCA, solicitor or barrister, and you have experience of Court of Protection welfare litigation, we’d be really delighted if you’d consider taking part by completing a survey. You can spend as long or as little as you like on it, and answer as many questions as you choose.
More information about the survey can be found here.
We have also been running some focus groups around the country to speak to professionals. We would like to set up a focus group speaking to local authority and NHS staff in Wales, and also to NHS staff in England. If you are interested in taking part, please contact me.
The views of the relevant person and family members
It is very important to us that we speak to people who have been subject to Court of Protection proceedings and their families about their views and experiences of the process. Unfortunately, for legal reasons doing so is much more challenging. We are working closely with the relevant organisations to try to set up interviews with people who have been subject to the Court of Protection’s health, welfare and deprivation of liberty jurisdiction and their families, about their experiences of the court process. When we have more news on this, I’ll post something here.