How to Submit a Story

If as part of your work you have a particular case study, that you think will help others in using the codes of practice, please submit an anonymised version to the Decision Support Service. We will review the submission, link it to the various relevant codes of practice and to other stories in the database, so everyone can learn.

How to submit a story

The objective of the story is to share, with the DSS and wider public, a case study that demonstrates the Act and/or codes of practice from a real-life example that could be of help to others who find themselves in a similar position.

The story must explicitly refer to one or more of the following:

  • a formal decision support arrangement (see Note 1 below) and/or formally appointed decision supporter (see Note 2 below);
  • one (or more) of the thirteen codes of practice;
  • one (or more) of the nine guiding principles underpinning the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The nine guiding principles contained in the Act are described in the code of practice on supporting decision-making and assessing capacity.
  • The story should only include significant decisions that are likely to be included in a decision-making agreement (i.e., decisions about healthcare treatment; a relevant person’s living arrangements; decisions about property; investing or lending money), as opposed to an everyday decision (i.e., buying clothes and other everyday personal items and choice of leisure-time activities).
  • Use the present tense throughout, unless the story describes something that took place in the past. For example, ‘Brian is an older man who has difficulty communicating with others following a stroke. Prior to his stroke, he was assessed as having a housing need by his local authority.’
  • The entire story should be no more than 600 words. Type directly into the boxes using as many words as needed.  Don’t feel restricted by the size of the boxes. The content should be written clearly and concisely in plain English, in the 3rd person (he/she/they).

Note 1 A formal decision support arrangement includes a decision-making assistance agreement, a co-decision-making agreement, a decision-making representation order, an advance healthcare directive, and an enduring power of attorney.

Note 2 A formally appointed decision supporter includes a decision-making assistant, a co-decision-maker, a decision-making representative, a designated healthcare representative, and an attorney.

Submit a story