Why keep a Decision Log?

May 28, 2018


Keeping various types of logs has become part of my life.



Yes I have a wood burner and the store contains cedar, oak, pine, ash and probably manor other varities of natural wood.  Winter is great as I can toast myself in front of a fantastic fire.


Another type of log is a decision log, organised so that if the decision maker is asked why they made a specific decision at a particular time they can refer to their log and explain the rationale taken. 


If you are an Attorney it may be a good idea to be able to justify a decision if the Office of the Public Guardian asks about it. Could you meet the best interest decision criteria? 


The record or log (as I call it) will outline what information was readily available to review and consider. It will also identify what information was not available and what steps were taken to locate that information so that all factors were in the decision makers mind and thinking when the decision was taken.  


The record will show what the advantages or disadvantages of making the decision were and why it had to made at that time. Other aspects could be about what importance was attached to each fact within the information and how that affected the decision makers thinking. 


Ask three questions when making a record:


1. What does the record tell you?

2. Does the record explain evertything?

3. Does the record describe everything? 


And finally detail the exact decision that has been made based on the justifications contained in the information. It is the way we think that makes the difference and sometimes to other people. 


If you or anyone you know wants to put in place a Will, Lasting Power of Attorney or Funeral Plan then give Steve a call on 07854 585 585. 


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