Wanted! The views of professionals on the Court of Protection’s welfare jurisdiction

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.

Survey

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.

Focus groups

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.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Wanted! The views of professionals on the Court of Protection’s welfare jurisdiction

  1. I think I may have made this point before and your published research on the rate of applications to the Court confirms it: the numbers of applications are tiny and thus most professionals won’t have experience of Court procedures. Unless you’re planning to produce something like a user satisfaction survey, would contact with that wider category of staff be an idea in the research project that might give insight into some very important issues? There are so many questions: are these staff truly ignorant of the requirements of the MCA? What is stopping applications being made? I suspect that the answer won’t simply be that the forms look a bit tricky.

    • Hi there; most LAs went to the CoP last year and so the sample should be big enough for our purposes. However there are some questions on the survey about barriers to going to court and also about transparency reforms which any professional working in this area could comment on. If you’d like to we’d welcome your thoughts!

  2. Many more cases have been referred to the Court indeed but I suspect these are mainly welfare applications in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment which are viewed as being non-contentious. I’m much more interested in the disputes and disagreements, bust-ups and fudges that don’t get to Court, haven’t really been resolved through any kind of mediation and aren’t picked up by the rather feeble regulatory regimes.

    • Hi there; most LAs went to the CoP last year and so the sample should be big enough for our purposes. However there are some questions on the survey about barriers to going to court and also about transparency reforms which any
      professional working in this area could comment on. If you’d like to we’d welcome your thoughts!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s