We have produced a new guidance sheet on the MCA that attempts to answer a not uncommon question by health and social care staff – Why should I use the MCA? What difference does it make? The guidance provides 9 detailed and evidence based reasons for using the Act in practice. It is free to…


An updated edition of our single page Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) overview chart is now available. It provides key information on LPS including: Who, Where, Procedure, Assessments, Rights and Assessors. To download a free copy LPS_one_page_overview_chart_August_2019  


A new resource to help people prepare for the Liberty Protection Safeguards is now available at this link : LPS_Jargon_Buster_June_2019 The Edge LPS Jargon Buster provides a detailed explanation of terms used in LPS such as ‘condition’ (used in a number of different ways) reviews, determinations and the relevant person (did you know the same term…






NHS England have published their annual Safeguarding report. It can be downloaded from this NHSE safeguarding-annual-update-2018-19 – April 2019 In relation to the Liberty Protection Safeguards (replacing DoLS) it notes: ‘Another major development is the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which is about to become legislation, and will have a significant impact on safeguarding and mental health…


The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman have made a finding of ‘fault causing injustice’ against Staffordshire County Council for how they handled their DoLS applications. The Ombudsman found: ‘Since May 2016 the Council unlawfully decided not to carry out assessments of low and medium priority Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications and significantly delayed…


The latest edition of our LPS update guide is now available. It provides a detailed breakdown of the key elements of LPS for practitioners. Download from here


A new briefing sheet on the Liberty Protection Safeguards is now available from Edge training. It provides information on the state of the Bill following the last Committee stage in the House of Commons.  It is available to view here on the News page of our website.



The document below provides guidance from HM Prison & Probation Service- Mental Health Casework Section, on conditional discharge conditions and deprivation of liberty post MM DoL_guidance_v1_Jan2019


A new version of our popular table showing the differences between DoLS and LPS is available. It has been updated to reflect changes made to LPS in the House of Lords. The table provides a detailed comparison tool to show what changes with LPS and what stays as before (like DoLS). To download a copy…


A new updated version of our overview chart on the Liberty Protection Safeguards is available. It has been amended to reflect the latest changes following amendments in the House of Lords. To download a copy click on this link : LPS_one_page_overview_chart_Jan_2019




  A group of leading charities has called on the government to pause progress of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill. The Bill is due to have its 2nd Reading in the House of Commons later today. The briefing provides details of a series of concerns by the charities about LPS and…


Amongst other things it states: ‘.. we have serious reservations about whether the Bill does enough to protect those who are at risk of unlawful detention. We are also concerned that the Government’s impact assessment significantly underestimates the resources required for implementation.’ It can be downloaded from the following link :  Joint HR committee on LPS…


The House of Lords are due to continue their debate on the Liberty Protection Safeguards (Report Stage) with two dates in mid and late November. These are potentially the last dates for any significant changes to the Bill. Dr Lucy Series from Cardiff University has produced a very helpful briefing on the major current issues…





The charity Compassion in Dying has looked into patient experience when discussing advance care planning with their GP. Compassion in Dying say the report  “…reveals mismatch between Clinical Commissioning Group policies and the reality faced by patients. Patients report doctors being ill-equipped to support them to plan ahead for their future care and treatment.”.  You…




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The NHS Improvement agency has published new standards of care for NHS Trusts providing learning disability services. It states: ‘Several inquiries and investigations have found that some NHS trusts and foundation trusts are failing to adequately respect and protect people’s rights, with devastating consequences for them and their families..With system partners we have developed four…



House of Lords debated the merits of the Liberty Protection Safeguards bill going through Parliament on 16 July. We have produced a summary of issues  raised by members of the House of Lords which will be taken forward for the next stage of the bill in early September. To see the news update click the…


On 16 July 2018 the House of Lords debated the LPS proposals before them. The record of the issues raised by members is given here: House of Lords 2nd reading of LPS (part 1) 16 July – Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] – Hansard House of Lords 2nd reading of LPS (part 2) 16 July…


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…



The charity Mind are looking for people on Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) with a condition attached stating where they should reside. As many of you will know, the decision of the Court of Appeal in PJ v Welsh Ministers [2017] EWCA Civ 194 has been met with some concern. Mind intend to use examples of patients that are…


The University of Lincoln is undertaking research in to mental capacity assessments and DoLS and would love your assistance if you are a DoLS professional. For more information and details about who can get involved please find below the research document prepared by the University of Lincoln. Interviews are taking place until the end of June.…


The annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme has been released. Based on 103 reviews of deaths, in 13% of cases the person’s health had been adversely affected by one or more of the following: •delays in care or treatment; •gaps in service provision; •organisational dysfunction; •or neglect or abuse.’ The failure to…


The British Institute of Human Rights has published this brief guide for practitioners which covers the key human rights considerations in relation to hospital discharge. Hospital_Discharge_Final_Low_Res  


It actually states: ‘Training needs to improve within NHS organisations about the factors that disadvantage Black and Asian minority ethnic groups, particularly those of Black African and Caribbean descent. This should support psychiatrists in reflecting on their own perspectives, behaviours and the role unconscious bias can have on the care they provide, as well as…




  Are you a DoLS assessors (BIA/MH Assessor) or DoLS Signatory? We are pleased to share news of research into mental capacity assessments being conducted for the purpose of DoLS authorisations, which you may be interested in contributing to. The research is being conducted by Lucy Bright and Jim Rogers at the University of Lincoln.…






In December a House of Commons committee issued a damning review of mental health care in prisons. It stated: “Record high numbers of self-inflicted deaths and incidents of self-harm in prisons are a damning indictment of the current state of the mental health of those in prison…” The report makes a series of recommendations which…


Changes to sections 135 & 136 of the Mental Health Act came into force on the 11th December. You can download our 2 page summary of the changes, integrating relevant parts of the newly published Dept of Health and Home Office guidance and the Regulations. Click on Read More to download. S135 & 136 brief summary…



Cornwall Council are undertaking a DoLS Time Study. Their DoLS team wishes to establish how much time it takes BIAs to complete their assessments and any time standards that they may have to work within. To take part (anonymously) in this simple survey, click here. Survey closes at 5pm, 21st August 2015.