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The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill sets out that the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) will be replaced by Liberty Protection Safeguards. This legislation will seek to streamline the assessment process and extend the provision of Liberty Protection Safeguards to any health and social care setting, giving an increased role to the NHS and care homes in arranging their own assessments and authorising Liberty Protection Safeguards.

This Practical Guide to Liberty Protection Safeguards course, gives you the necessary tools and information to prepare for the upcoming changes.

By fully understanding the key changes brought about by the Bill, you can learn how to manage the transition from DoLS to the new system of Liberty Protection Safeguards. Leave with the knowledge and confidence to manage the new process.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a firm understanding of The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill
  • Ascertain and understand the key changes
  • Manage the transition from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Learn about the new the assessment and authorisation process
  • Work towards designing a Liberty Protection Safeguards handling toolkit
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Legislation Update: What Will Liberty Protection Safeguards Mean in Practice?

  • Learn about the new Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Understand the key changes to the Mental Capacity Act
  • Receive guidance and clarity over your responsibilities regarding mental capacity assessments, medical assessments, necessary/proportionate determinations and identifying deprivations of liberty
  • Scope the impact of the changes on your organisation
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Managing the Transition from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards

  • Learn how to prepare for the new system
  • Identify and overcome the bureaucratic burdens of DoLS
  • Effectively manage the backlog of DoLS
  • Create lean strategies to move from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Learn how to manage the transition from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards
12:00 - 13:00

Understand the New Assessment and Authorisation Process

  • Understand when Liberty Protection Safeguards will be necessary
  • Learn how to remove duplicated assessments
  • Learn who can conduct each of the three assessments: capacity assessment, medical assessment to test ‘unsoundness of mind’ and an assessment on whether a deprivation is necessary
  • Understand about the changes from best interests assessor (BIA) role to that of an approved mental capacity professional (ACMP)
  • Explore how best to consult with the ‘cared-for persons’ family and carers
  • Learn how to conduct a pre-authorisation review
  • The role of the Court of Protection in Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Understand the authorisation process for care homes, community care settings and the NHS
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Towards a Liberty Protection Safeguards Handling Toolkit (Flexible Afternoon Break)

In this extended workshop session, you will work through different scenarios that are applicable to the setting that you work in. These will help you understand what the new process of Liberty Protection Safeguards will be and the action you need to take to safeguard vulnerable individuals.

You will work through the following issues and scenarios:

  • Take a practical approach to working within the Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Consider the human rights of the individual and how best to promote them in the new system
  • Examine the ethical and legal issues
  • Working through difficult issues
  • Develop a practical approach to recognising and minimising deprivation of liberty
  • Identify challenges and grey areas to implementing the changes
  • Be better prepared for future implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards


CCT Venues – Barbican

135-137 Aldersgate Street, London , EC1A 4JA