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The Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Appointment of Relevant Person’s Representative) (Wales) Regulations 2009

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PART 1

Title, commencement and application

1.—(1) These Regulations are called the Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Appointment of Relevant Person’s Representative) (Wales) Regulations 2009 and come into force on 1 April 2009.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

  • the Act” (“y Ddeddf”) means the Mental Capacity Act 2005;

  • “best interests assessor” (“asesydd lles pennaf”) means a person selected to carry out a best interests assessment under paragraph 38 of Schedule A1 to the Act;

  • “donee” (“rhoddai”) is a person who has a lasting power of attorney or a registered enduring power of attorney conferred on them by the relevant person.

(2) For the purpose of these Regulations “supervisory body” (“corff goruchwylio”) includes a Local Health Board exercising supervisory functions in accordance with regulation 3.

PART 2Supervisory functions

Supervisory functions exercisable by Local Health Boards

3.—(1) Each Local Health Board will exercise the supervisory functions—

(a)in relation to any person who is, or is likely to be, accommodated in a hospital (whether NHS or independent hospitals) in its area for the purposes of receiving relevant care or treatment(1); and

(b)where the Local Health Board commissions relevant care or treatment for a person in a hospital (whether a NHS or independent hospital) in England in relation to that hospital.

(2) Where Welsh Ministers commission relevant care or treatment for a person who is, or is likely to be, accommodated in a hospital (whether a NHS or independent hospital) in England the supervisory body will be the Local Health Board for the area in which that person is usually resident.

(3) Subject to any directions given by Welsh Ministers, the supervisory functions exercisable by a Local Health Board may, by arrangement with that Board, and subject to such restrictions and conditions as the Board may think fit, be exercised—

(a)on behalf of that Board by a committee, sub-committee or officer of the Board;

(b)jointly with another Local Health Board;

(4) “Supervisory functions” (“swyddogaethau goruchwylio”) has the same meaning as in Schedule A1, paragraph 165(3) of the Act.

PART 3Appointment — general

Appointment procedure

4.—(1) A person is to be selected for appointment as a representative in accordance with Part 4.

(2) A person is to be appointed as a representative in accordance with Part 5.

Commencement of appointment procedure

5.  The procedure for appointing a representative must begin as soon as—

(a)a best interests assessor is selected by the supervisory body(2) for the purposes of a request for a standard authorisation(3); or

(b)a relevant person’s representative’s appointment terminates, or is to be terminated in accordance with regulation 14, and the relevant person remains subject to a standard authorisation.

Eligibility of a person to be a representative

6.—(1) A person is eligible to be appointed as a representative if they are—

(a)18 years of age or over;

(b)able to keep in contact with the relevant person(4);

(c)not prevented by ill-health from carrying out the role of the representative;

(d)willing to be the relevant person’s representative;

(e)not financially interested in the care home(5) or independent hospital(6) where the relevant person is, or is to be, detained;

(f)not a relative of a person who is financially interested in the care home or independent hospital where the relevant person is, or is to be, detained;

(g)not providing services to, or not employed to work in, the care home where the relevant person is, or is to be, detained;

(h)not employed to work in the hospital(7) where the relevant person is, or is to be, detained in a role that is, or could be, related to the relevant person’s case; and

(i)not employed to work in the relevant person’s supervisory body in a role that is, or could be, related to the relevant person’s case.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation a “relative” (“perthynas agos”) means:

(a)the father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandmother, grandfather, grandson or granddaughter of that person or of that person’s spouse, former spouse, civil partner or former civil partner, or

(b)the brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or first cousin (whether of the full blood or of the half blood or by marriage or civil partnership) of that person or of that person’s spouse, former spouse, civil partner or former civil partner.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation—

(a)“spouse” (“priod”) or “civil partner” (“partner sifil”) includes a person who is not married to or in a civil partnership with a person but is living with that person as if they were, and

(b)a person has a financial interest in a care home or independent hospital where that person is a partner, director, other office-holder or major shareholder of the care home or independent hospital that has made the application for a standard authorisation.

(c)“major shareholder” (“prif gyfrannddaliwr”) means—

(i)any person who holds one tenth or more of the issued shares in the care home or independent hospital, where the care home or independent hospital is a company limited by shares, and

(ii)in all other cases, any of the owners of the care home or independent hospital.

PART 4Selection

Selection by the relevant person

7.—(1) This regulation applies where the relevant person has capacity in relation to the question of which person should be his or her representative.

(2) The relevant person may select a person for appointment as his or her representative.

(3) Where the relevant person may select a person in accordance with paragraph (2) but does not do so, regulation 10 applies.

Selection by a donee or deputy

8.—(1) This regulation applies where the relevant person does not have capacity in relation to the question of which person should be his or her representative.

(2) Where—

(a)the relevant person has a donee or deputy(8), and

(b)it is within the authority of the donee or deputy to do so,

the donee or deputy may select a person to be appointed as a representative.

(3) Where a donee or deputy may select a person in accordance with paragraph (2) but does not do so, regulation 10 applies.

Approval by the best interests assessor or supervisory body

9.—(1) A person selected in accordance with regulations 7(2) or 8(2) must be approved by the best interests assessor or the supervisory body.

(2) Where the best interests assessor or supervisory body does not approve a person selected—

(a)they may approve another person selected in accordance with regulations 7(2) or 8(2); or

(b)the best interests assessor may select a person in accordance with regulation 10.

Selection by the best interests assessor

10.—(1) This regulation applies where—

(a)a person has not been selected for appointment as representative in accordance with regulations 7(2) or 8(2), or

(b)the best interests assessor or supervisory body has not approved a person in accordance with regulation 9.

(2) The best interests assessor may select a person to act as a representative for the relevant person.

(3) If the best interests assessor is unable to select a person for appointment as a representative, regulation 11 applies.

Selection by the supervisory body

11.—(1) This regulation applies where a person has not been selected in accordance with regulations 7(2), 8(2) or 10(2).

(2) The supervisory body must select a person to be appointed as a representative for the relevant person.

(3) Where a person who is selected in accordance with paragraph (2) will be acting in a professional capacity

(a)that person must have appropriate training and experience, and

(b)the supervisory body must be satisfied that there is in respect of that person—

(i)an enhanced criminal record certificate issued pursuant to section 113B of the Police Act 1997(9); or

(ii)if the purpose for which the certificate is required is not one prescribed under subsection (2) of that section, a criminal record certificate issued pursuant to section 113A of that Act.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3) a person acting in a professional capacity is a person selected by the best interests assessor or supervisory body who is not a family member, friend or carer of the relevant person.

PART 5Appointment of representatives

Appointment of representative

12.  A supervisory body will appoint in writing as a representative for the relevant person any person who is selected in accordance with Part 4.

Formalities of appointing a representative

13.  Notice of the appointment of a representative must be given to the following persons—

(a)the relevant person;

(b)the relevant managing authority;

(c)any donee or deputy of the relevant person;

(d)any independent mental capacity advocate(10) appointed in accordance with the Act; and

(e)any person consulted by the best interest assessor.

PART 6

Termination of representative’s appointment

14.  A person ceases to be a representative if—

(a)they die;

(b)they inform the supervisory body that they no longer are willing to continue in the role;

(c)the period of their appointment ends;

(d)a representative has been appointed after having been selected in accordance with regulation 7(2) and the relevant person informs the supervisory body that he or she objects to that person continuing to be his or her representative;

(e)a representative has been appointed after having been selected in accordance with regulation 8(2) and the donee or deputy objects to the person continuing to be the relevant person’s representative;

(f)the supervisory body terminates the appointment because it is satisfied that the representative is not maintaining sufficient contact with the relevant person in order to support and represent him or her;

(g)the supervisory body terminates the appointment because it is satisfied that the person is no longer eligible for the purposes of regulation 6(1) to be a representative; or

(h)the supervisory body terminates the appointment because it is satisfied that the person is not acting in the best interests of the relevant person.

Monitoring of representatives

15.  The managing authority must advise the supervisory body where it becomes aware the representative is not acting in the best interest of, or has not maintained regular contact with, the relevant person.

Formalities of termination of representative’s appointment

16.—(1) Where the appointment of a representative is to be terminated in accordance with paragraphs (b) to (h) of regulation 14 the supervisory body must notify that person that the appointment is to be terminated and must give reasons why the appointment is to be terminated.

(2) Where the appointment of a representative is to be terminated in accordance with regulation 14 the supervisory body must notify—

(a)the relevant person;

(b)the managing authority;

(c)any donee or deputy of the relevant person;

(d)any independent mental capacity advocate appointed in accordance with the Act; and

(e)any person consulted by the best interest assessor.

PART 7Representatives — miscellaneous

Paid representatives

17.  A supervisory body may make payments to, or in relation to, any person appointed in accordance with regulation 12 and exercising functions as the relevant person’s representative.

PART 8

Amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Independent Mental Capacity Advocates) (Wales) Regulations 2007

18.—(1) The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Independent Mental Capacity Advocates) (Wales) Regulations 2007(11) are amended in accordance with the following paragraph.

(2) For the words “sections 37, 38 and 39 of the Act” in regulation 2(2) (interpretation) substitute the following words—

  • sections 37, 38, 39, 39A, 39C and 39D of the Act.

19.  For the words “sections 37, 38 or 39 of the Act” in regulation 5(1) (appointment of independent mental capacity advocates) substitute the following words—

  • sections 37, 38, 39, 39A, 39C or 39D of the Act.

Edwina Hart

Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

11 February 2009

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