What is the role of a special visitor?

We can ask a special visitor to visit a person who has a decision support arrangement or may need an arrangement. We can also ask them to visit their decision supporter. The special visitor will contact the person and arrange a suitable time and location for the visit.

As part of a visit, they can assess the person’s capacity to make certain decisions. They will use a functional assessment of capacity.

They may talk to the person and decision supporter about the arrangement. They may be required to speak to other people, such as a carer, healthcare professional or another person with knowledge about the decision or decisions that are the subject of the assessment. They may also examine and take documents, such as financial and healthcare records.

The special visitor must send a report to us after every visit.

Competencies of a special visitor

All special visitors are either registered doctors or persons with specific knowledge or expertise in assessing capacity.

In addition, to be on the panel, all special visitors have demonstrated the following competencies:

  • Integrity
  • Expert knowledge
  • Person-centred communication skills
  • Case management skills
  • ICT skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Resource management


List of current special visitors

The following persons are on the current special visitor panel.

Click on this link to download the List of Special Visitors

What is the role of a special visitor?

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