The Mental Capacity (Registration of Professional Deputies) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 September 2018, allowing professional deputies to act for persons who lack mental capacity (known as 'P') for remuneration. Professional deputies must be unrelated to P.
The role of a professional deputy is an important one, in which the professional deputy must be prepared to make key decisions affecting P’s property & affairs and personal welfare. Professionals registered under this scheme come from selected professional groups (i.e. lawyers, doctors, accountants, allied health professionals, nurses and social workers).
Professional Deputies are to submit P-focused plans as supporting documents when submitting the annual Deputy Report.