Have DoLS BIA Assessments had a positive impact on people?

An emphatic ‘yes’ was the answer according to our survey in 2016.

Following the recent publication of a bill to replace DoLS with the Liberty Protection Safeguards, we note that the role of the Best Interests Assessor (to be renamed Approved Mental Capacity Professional) has been reduced yet again.

In light of this, here is our survey report from 2016, published in Community Care and also cited by the Law Commission in their final report (see page 38) showing the significant value of BIA work which appears not to be recognised by the new bill.