Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Course Summary
In this course, you will address what deprivation of liberty and restraint mean and in what situations you might use them. The course will also examine the legislation relating to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards contained within the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Course Description
Audience
Mental health workers, care staff in hospitals and care homes.

Introducing DoLS (DoLS - Course 1)
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were introduced to ensure hospitals and care homes comply with legal requirements when deciding to deprive mentally incapacitated individuals of their freedoms. What constitutes deprivation of liberty and what factors must be taken into account when depriving an individual of freedoms? What is restraint and under what circumstances may it be used? What is mental capacity and what legislation is in place to deal with deprivation of liberty safeguards? In this course, you will address what deprivation of liberty and restraint mean and in what situations you might use them. The course will also examine the legislation relating to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards contained within the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Goals To use DoLS to assess whether the steps you take to protect an individual will result in complete restriction of the individual's freedoms.


Authorisation (DoLS - Course 2)
This course describes what an authorisation for a deprivation of liberty is and how to go about obtaining a standard or urgent authorisation. The application process is explained step by step along with a detailed overview of the assessment process for a standard authorisation. This covers the six assessment types, training and experience requirements for assessors and the role of the relevant person's representative or support. You will also learn what happens when an authorisation is granted, how long it lasts and why it may be suspended or refused. The course then looks back at the case that first sparked the introduction of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2009 and concludes with a summary of unlawful deprivation, outlining what to do if you suspect the unlawful restraint of an individual in your care.

Goals To obtain an authorisation for a deprivation of liberty.


Sources of Support (DoLS - Course 3)
In cases where Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are applied to an individual in care, it is important that they have access to sources of support, particularly if an authorisation has been made for a deprivation of their liberty. They are entitled to know about this process, even if they lack the capacity to understand or use words. This course describes how to communicate effectively with such individuals, identifies some sources of support and lists some guidelines for non-instructed advocacy. It also describes the role of the relevant person's representative (RPR) and the requirements needed to become one, and identifies why an RPR's role might be terminated. It explains the role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA), defines the role of the Court of Protection and how to apply to it and defines the role of the Care Quality Commission.

Goals To communicate effectively with and support the individuals in your care and describe their representatives and legal rights.
 £30.00 
+ VAT
 
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