I was delighted to be invited to speak at the annual Chase De Vere Deputyship conference yesterday. I’ve attended the conference as a guest for many years and very much see it as one of the highlights of the Court of Protection ‘conference season’.
This year the venue for the conference was the prestigious Bakers Livery Hall near the Tower of London. As usual, the event was very well attended with over 100 attendees including approximately 80 professional deputies. It was a real privilege to share the stage with such esteemed speakers including Denzil Lush (Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, Master Peter Haworth (Senior Costs Judge), Nancy Curtin (Head of Investments, Close Brothers) and numerous others. The presentations were hugely informative and included ‘hot off the press’ updates such as the Office of the Public Guardian’s latest guidance concerning professional deputyship costs.
The subject matter for my presentation was NHS Continuing Healthcare which is a topic of huge relevance to many of my clients. I spoke of my own personal experiences in securing and administering complex Continuing Healthcare packages and provided my own tips on how to best approach the issues involved. I highlighted the importance of gathering evidence in relation to the eleven ‘Care Domains’ to ensure that the extent of the client’s needs are not overlooked. I also spoke about the importance of seeking a literal interpretation of the definitions detailed within the NHS National Framework for Continuing Healthcare and the issue of ‘double recovery’ for clients who have received compensation awards. The feedback received following the presentation has all been really positive and it was great to be able to hear from other Court of Protection solicitors following the conference about their own experiences with NHS Continuing Healthcare.
It’s always a privilege to be speak at such high profile events and I very much look forward to sharing my views and experiences again in the near future. My next presentation will be on the Care Act at the College of Occupational Therapists annual conference in Stratford Upon Avon on 13th October ’15.