We take our freedom for granted, but sometimes we and those around us need protection when we can no longer make decisions in the best interests of our health, wellbeing and safety.
Improving duty of care
In the next few months we will begin to move away from Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and introduce its replacement – Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).
LPS is a scheme set up by an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. It’s good to remind ourselves why we have these provisions under the MCA in the first place.
Under law, you can deprive someone of their liberty. This is in certain circumstances, when authorised by health and care professionals, in consultation with a person’s family and/or advocates and when you agree that the person lacks capacity to make decisions in their best interests.
We never want to deprive people of their liberty, as the whole point is to empower people and to promote independence. But sometimes, it might need to be done, and it’s a big responsibility for those who have to administer it.