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Liberty Protection Safeguards: Implementation of the 2018 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

Wednesday 22 May 2019
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

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“Our bill will reform a broken system and ensure vulnerable people have quicker access to legal protections by simplifying the process and minimising duplication, without compromising essential safeguards. Any money saved through streamlining this process will be reinvested in frontline care.” Department of Health January 2019 (The Guardian 17 Jan 2019)

“In its report on reforming the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), the Law Commission estimated (and it was undoubtedly an underestimate) that some 53,000 people were deprived of their liberty outside hospitals and care homes in 2017. According to Court of Protection Data, the requisite steps to obtain authorisation from the Court of Protection was taken in a very small proportion of those cases, with an average of just under 200 a month being made in 2017 (ie a total of just over 2,300 for the year).” Alex Ruck Keene, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers speaking to Community Care September 2018

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on Tuesday 3 July 2018 and seeks to replace the ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs). The government has now developed a new system, known as ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’, which will become law through the bill. The Bill had sixth sitting consideration of amendments on the 22nd January 2019.
The reforms seek to:

  • introduce a simpler process that involves families more and gives swifter access to assessments
  • be less burdensome on people, carers, families and local authorities
  • allow the NHS, rather than local authorities, to make decisions about their patients, allowing a more efficient and clearly accountable process
  • consider restrictions of people’s liberties as part of their overall care package
  • get rid of repeat assessments and authorisations when someone moves between a care home, hospital and ambulance as part of their treatment

Department of Health July 2018

“This new legislation, based broadly on our recommendations, will go a long way towards addressing the flaws of the current system and better protect the most vulnerable in our society.” Nicholas Paines QC Law Commissioner

“Select Committees of both Houses of Parliament have criticised the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and called for the system to be reviewed. In addition, the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Cheshire West has led to a 10 fold increase in DoLS applications.” Department of Health April 2018

This conference, developed and produced in association with Alex Ruck Keene Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers & Former Consultant, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project, The Law Commission will update delegates on the implications of the new Bill and the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards in your service.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to move from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Reflect on national developments and understand the implications of the 2018 Mental Capacity Amendment Bill
  • Improve the way you manage Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in the interim
  • Understand what the legal and practical implications of the new system will be and the preparation you will need to do  
  • Reflect on how you can consider restrictions of people’s liberties as part of their overall care package
  • Understand how you can improve outcomes for service users
  • Identify key strategies for improving process and practice with regard to assessments and authorisations
  • Ensure you are up to date with the implications for your service
  • Reflect on case studies from councils, health services and an end life care service
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


We are also running this conference on Friday 15 March 2019 at the De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

 

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