Independent Social Worker and Best Interest Assessor – Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith’s Profile

Hannah Smith










I qualified as Social Worker in 2006 and have worked for local authorities for nine years in a variety of settings. In my role as MCA/DoLS Coordinator, I developed and ran the DoLS service for Bristol City Council. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in the application of the Mental Capacity Act. I am also skilled in advising and supporting others in their practice. I facilitated in-house and external training, and authored a comprehensive user guide for practitioners in relation to service users’ finances.

I am a Best Interest Assessor with over 5 years experience in undertaking both Best
Interest and Capacity assessments under the DoLS framework predominantly for Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council (both independently and within my other roles). I have also undertaken capacity assessments for Court of Protection applications.

Most recently I have been a senior social worker in a hospital discharge team supervising social workers, care managers and social work students. In this role I sat as the local authority representative on CHC panels for hospital discharge cases. I have vast experience of working with older people, often with a level of cognitive impairment, however I have worked with most service user groups during my social work career. I take my professional development seriously, by attending training and conferences and applying all relevant case law. I actively contribute to the online community regarding DoLS practice. I am a very organised and motivated practitioner and ensure that the service user is at the heart of everything I do. I am able to be flexible with my working hours and am able to travel to undertake assessments.


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