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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) report published

Posted: 19th July 2012

The Health & Social Care Information Centre have published a report on the uses of the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DoLS) legislation for the year April 2011 - March 2012.

The reports findings include:

  • There has been a year-on-year increase in the number of applications completed for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) since the safeguards were first introduced in 2009/10. There were 11,393 applications in 2011/12, which represents a 27per cent increase on the 8,982 in 2010/11 and a 59 per cent increase on the 7,157 applications in 2009/10
  • 56% of the DoLS applications completed in 2011/12 were granted. This is a similar proportion to that granted in 2010/11 (55%), but higher than the 46% authorised 2009/10.
  • Most applications (71%) were for people aged 65 or over, with 58% of all applications being for 75 or over and 27% being for people 85 or over.
  • Dementia accounted for 53% of all applications.
  • For the over 84s the application rate is 25 in 10,000. This compares to 12 in 10,000 for 75-84 year olds, 3 in 10,000 for 65-74 year olds and just 1 in 10,000 for 18-64 year olds (working-age adults).
  • There are wide variations in population-based application rates by region. The East Midlands has the highest rate of applications at 51 per 100,000, whilstLondonhad the lowest rate at just 17 per 100,000. These compare to a rate forEnglandas a whole of 28 per 100,000.

MCA DoLS came into force in April 2009 and provides a legal framework to ensure people are deprived of their liberty only when there is no other way to care for them or safely provide treatment. Data is collected from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Local Authorities, the organisations responsible for managing the process of authorising requests to deprive someone of their liberty.

Find the full report here.

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