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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 10.00am        Coffee and Registration

10.00am to 10.30am            Overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

10.30am to 11.15am              Interface between the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act. Recent case law discussion. 

11.15am to 11.30am         Coffee Break

11.30am to 12.45pm             Capacity Assessments and record keeping

12.45pm to 1.30pm         Lunch

1.30pm to 2.45pm                Best Interests Assessments, Advance Decisions and record keeping 

2.45pm to 3.00pm          Tea Break

3.00pm to 3.15pm                What constitutes a Deprivation of Liberty

3.15pm to 3.45pm                 An overview of the LPS – key provisions and changes that will be introduced

3.45pm to 4.00pm          Finish