As you will be aware, the health and social care sector (like others) is working hard to maintain essential services in what are extremely challenging times. Whilst the manner in which many of us work is being adapted in line with current Government and Public Health England guidance, it is recognised that much of the work we undertake can’t simply just stop. So, there is a balance to be had between ensuring, as far as possible, the wellbeing of everyone (especially vulnerable people) and maintaining vital services. I am committed to maintaining as many of the services I provide throughout this period of uncertainty whilst acting responsibly to help ensure the safety of those I work with, vulnerable people and their carers.

To this end, until further notice, the following will apply:

Where possible, I will assess and consult people using non face-to-face methods such as Skype and telephone calls. Sometimes this is not possible and, in those situations, where safe to do so, I will continue with a face-to-face approach. If this is required, current Government guidelines will be followed. Whichever method will be adopted will depend entirely upon the nature and urgency of the work and will be discussed with the instructing party and care providers where applicable.

I wish you a safe and healthy time as we work together over the coming months,

Best Wishes, Gary.

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Category: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Liberty Protection Safeguards: Duration, Renewal and Reviews

When the replacement to the Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) scheme was being considered by the Law Commission and then Parliament, it became apparent that the intention was for the replacement scheme, Liberty Protection Safeguards to be considered at the care planning stage.  This of course was the intention of the DoLS scheme but since the […]

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Liberty Protection Safeguards: Authorisation of Arrangements

Under the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) scheme, Local Authorities acting as Supervisory Bodies can authorise a deprivation of liberty without every case going through the court process. When the Liberty Protection Safeguards are introduced in 2020, the scheme will provide a similar vehicle through which a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. There […]

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Liberty Protection safeguards: Where Are We Now?

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is now reaching its final stage as a Bill before it gains Royal Ascent and becomes an Act of Parliament. The Act will see an end to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and in their place introduce the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). Although it will still be some months before […]

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Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill: House of Lords Committee Stage

This week saw the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill (the Bill that will introduce the Liberty Protection Safeguards) move to Committee Stage in the House of Lords and on 5th September around 5 hours of discussions were held. The discussions concerned just a few (of the many) amendments that the Lords would like to see […]

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The Retirement of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

A new Bill has started its transition through Parliament on its way to becoming law.  The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 3rd July 2018 and seeks to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. There are some who thought they’d never see this day… and others who hoped they […]

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Best Interests Assessor Update Training

Did you know we provide update training for Best Interests Assessors and S.12 Doctors? It is a legal requirement for all qualified BIAs to undergo regular training that is relevant to the role.  We can provide group sessions for Local Authorities or individual places at one of our open courses that take place across Bournemouth, […]

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Hello Liberty Protection Safeguards, We’ve Been Expecting You

Yesterday (13th March 2017), the Law Commission published it’s long awaited report about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty.  It’s a biggie and if you prefer the summary, it can be found here.  The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) have been fraught with criticism since their inception in 2009.  None less […]

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: The Future Looks a Little Less Clear

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Yesterday the Law Commission published their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Interim Statement. It follows their consultation paper published in July 2015 which set out a complete overhaul of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and proposed a new ‘Protective Care’ scheme that was wider in scope than the current […]

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