Course Summary

Liberty Protection Safeguards; preparing and supporting front-line staff

Basic Description of Course

The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) are still in the process of being implemented. They will in due course replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

The course will give practical guidance on what you and your staff can be doing to prepare for the implementation of the LPS in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. 

It is essential that all front-line staff be up to date and familiar with how to undertake capacity assessments and best interest assessments.  They will need to have an in-depth understanding of what constitutes a deprivation of liberty and what steps to take now and under the new legal framework. 

Delegates will have the opportunity to raise issues and concerns specific to their own practice. 

This session will enhance a practitioner’s understanding of the principles and how to apply them in practice.

Course Objectives

  • A practical overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • How to undertake capacity assessments 
  • How to undertake best interests assessments 
  • Advance care planning and advance decisions
  • The interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Record keeping
  • An overview of the LPS – key provisions and changes that will be introduced
  • Understand the LPS timeline – key milestones and activities taking place ahead of implementation

Course Timetable 

9.30am to 10.00amCoffee and Registration
10.00am to 10.30amOverview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
10.30am to 11.15amInterface between the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act. Recent case law discussion. 
11.15am to 11.30amCoffee Break
11.30am to 12.45pmCapacity Assessments and record keeping
12.45pm to 1.30pmLunch
1.30pm to 2.45pmBest Interests Assessments, Advance Decisions and record keeping 
2.45pm to 3.00pmTea Break
3.00pm to 3.15pmWhat constitutes a Deprivation of Liberty
3.15pm to 3.45pmAn overview of the LPS – key provisions and changes that will be introduced
3.45pm to 4.00pmFinish

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