Chris qualified as a social worker in 1984 with a Certificate in Social Services (CSS). He also holds a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS). He is a Registered Social Worker (RSW). Chris provides independent assessment services both to the courts and public authorities. Chris has recently retired as Chief Executive (following the sale of his shareholding) of a company providing care and support to people with complex needs including severely challenging behaviour due to learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders. He had been in this role since 2004.
Chris has provided evidence to the Courts since 1997 in several hundred cases relating to Judicial Review and medico-legal matters. Chris has provided independent Best Interests reports in numerous Declaratory Relief proceedings in the High Court/Court of Protection instructed through the Official Solicitor, mainly as a single joint expert, but on occasion singly.
Chris has also worked as expert witness in the Courts relating to compensation. He has worked for both Claimant and Defence. He has a particular expertise relating to the interplay between Local Authority and compensation funding. This is particularly important in cases relating to contributory negligence.
Chris provides consultancy and training to many local authorities and NHS Trusts on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and their relationship to safeguarding adults and declarations through the Court of Protection. He has developed risk assessment tools for use by those determining whether there is a high enough risk of Deprivation of Liberty to warrant authorisation by a Supervisory Body. He has taught on the Manchester University Best Interest Assessor course which is approved under the Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Standard Authorisations, Assessments and Ordinary Residence) Regulations 2008 as qualifying training for Best Interests Assessors.
Before working as an Independent Social Worker through Personal Care Consultants and for the aforementioned company Chris was Chief Executive of a larger company providing residential and nursing care to a range of clients who are described as having behaviour which challenges services. Some of these people were detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and in order to manage this Chris had to demonstrate a full working knowledge of the Mental Health Act as it applies in this type of setting.
Prior to this Chris was Director of Operations for a company providing over 5,000 hours per week of domiciliary care to a range of client groups including older people and people with dementia.
Prior to working in the independent sector he was a third tier officer in a Social Services Department. He managed 5 social work teams through five Team Managers, an Occupational Therapy Team and the Home Care Service. His main emphasis was on purchasing and contracting for Residential, Nursing and Domiciliary Care and the assessment and care management elements of the NHS and Community Care Act. The teams covered all adult client groups including Older People, People with Mental Health Problems, Adults with Learning Disabilities, Adults with Physical Disabilities, People with Sensory Impairments and People with Acquired Brain Injury.
Before this he was a Service Manager in a large County Council where he was accountable for all direct services to adults with a learning disability in one of the Districts of the Department – population 197,200. These services included 2 residential homes and domiciliary support networks, 2 day centres and support networks, 2 social work teams and the monitoring and purchasing of all “out of district” placements. Chris has had to closely liaise with other agencies such as Health Authorities, Education Departments,
Housing Associations, Voluntary Agencies, City and Borough Council Housing Departments and Elected Members. He has participated in service planning, control, monitoring, review and evaluation.
Chris’s areas of expertise are in assessment, case management, working with people whose behaviours challenge, brain injury, autistic spectrum conditions, learning disability, older people, physical disability, service development, management, marketing negotiation, motivation and information technology.
In 2000 Chris was appointed to the S.S.I.W. (Social Services Inspectorate Wales) “fee paid” inspection panel and was contracted to carry out inspections of Local Authority Social Services Departments on an “inspection by inspection” basis. He has since provided ongoing consultancy to the Welsh Assembly Government on issues relating to the development of the Unified Assessment Process in Wales. He has assisted SSIW/CSSIW on a consultancy basis in the development of Care Management and the Unified Assessment Process.
Prior to establishing Bevris Support Bev has worked in the role of Head of Service Provision managing all direct domiciliary and residential services for a large company (around 240 staff and 45 service users) delivering registered residential, supported living and domiciliary care services to adults and children with birth and brain injuries, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions, complex physical needs and challenging behaviour.
Bev has also worked in the role of Team Leader initially supporting a team of support staff in residential care and then a team in domiciliary care in North East Wales delivering services to adults and children. She has been registered manager in a 9 bedded residential care home which provided services to adults with highly complex needs within the autistic spectrum. The home employed around 45 staff.
Prior to joining the aforementioned company she worked in various roles in the health and care sector, including; Team Leader and Acting Residential Registered Manager with people with complex needs, support worker in supported living services and prior to this as a health care assistant in a burns and plastics unit of a major acute NHS hospital.
Bev holds NVQ 4 in Health & Social Care