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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Deprivation of Liberty
Safeguards (DOLs)
for managers and managing
3rd July 2012

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Master Class

This advanced master class is dedicated to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the manager's responsibilities. For example delegates will be able to explore the difference between deprivation of liberty and restriction of liberty; will learn how to apply for an authorisation of Deprivation of Liberty step by step and how to manage the ongoing review of a Deprivation of Liberty.

Numbers are restricted to ensure plenty of opportunity for delegates to raise issues from their own practice and to relate their learning to their own experiences. The day will be interactive and will include case studies, applied learning, discussion and much more.

The course is facilitated by Andrea Allison who has thirty years of experience in Health and Social Care delivery including ten years of managing a service for adults with a learning disability. Andrea has a HND in Managing Care Services and is a qualified and experienced trainer and facilitator.

Why attend?

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLs) came into effect in April 2009 following the passing of the Mental Health Act 2007. This places a legal obligation on residential and nursing homes and hospitals to ensure that the DOLs standards are upheld. Managers of residential and nursing homes or their deputies and ward managers in hospitals who care for people who may lack mental capacity to make decisions concerning their care need a thorough working knowledge of the DOLs in order to fulfil these obligations. This lively interactive master class will give a step by step guide to DOLs and opportunities to apply this knowledge to their own area of practice. Delegates will come away with the tools and knowledge to navigate DOLs with confidence.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the master class delegates will be able to:-

  1. List the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and explain the terms capacity,best interest decision making, advance decisions, lasting powers of attorney ICMA's and restraint.

  2. Define the key terms in relation to deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS).

  3. Explain the difference between restrictions of liberty and deprivation of liberty.

  4. Demonstrate knowledge of what Managing Authorities should consider before applying for 'Authorisation' of Deprivation of Liberty.

  5. Apply to 'Supervisory Bodies' for 'Authorisation' using appropriate forms.

  6. Explain when authorisation can be reviewed and what happens when authorisation ends.

  7. Describe who can apply to the 'Court of Protection' under the deprivation of liberty safeguards and under what circumstances.

  8. Describe the role of the relevant persons representative and how to monitor it.

  9. List the nature of any conditions attached to the DoL, and reflect these appropriately in care plans and care provision.

  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and duty to inform the Care Quality Commission and the Coroner's Office

Course facilitator

Andrea Allison
Andrea is a Development Officer in the Workforce Development Unit of a county council in England.

Andrea has worked in Health and Social Care services for 30 years, initially in general nursing but then spent ten years managing a service for adults with a learning disability.
Having completed a HND in Managing Care Services, Andrea completed her PGCE and has worked in Learning and Development for a county council for the last ten years.


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Who should attend?

This master class is suitable for private, third sector and public residential/nursing home managers or their deputies and ward managers and senior staff within a hospital setting.

The course would also be useful for those people wishing to gain an understanding of DoLs and what the process is following an application for an authorisation. This could include professionals who are supporting individuals who may lack capacity, including domicilliary care agencies and day service providers.


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