The long-awaited consultation on implementing the Liberty Protection Safeguards was finally published in March. This brings us a step closer to finding out how the scheme that will replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Court of Protection authorisations of arrangements not covered by DoLS will work in practice.
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- How the LPS will be mainstreamed in care arrangements to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and duplication, and the definition of a deprivation of liberty.
- How to carry out the three LPS assessments, the rules around these assessments and which professionals should conduct them.
- The roles of the approved mental capacity professional, responsible body, independent mental capacity advocate and appropriate person.
Tim Spencer-Lane, lawyer specialising in mental capacity, mental health and social care law