18th January 2021 10:00 to 13:00


£75.00 exc. VAT


Liberty Protection Safeguards – 18th January 2021 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **

The Liberty Protection Safeguards became law on 16th May 2019 when the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent. It is expected that LPS will come into force and replace DoLS in April 2022. The government estimate is that there will be over 300,000 LPS applications every year. It creates new statutory duties and responsibilities for local authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and Welsh health boards as well as care providers. Key points include:

  • LPS will apply to any care setting (not just hospitals and care homes)
  • NHS Trusts and CCGs will become responsible for assessments and authorisations
  • LPS extends to young people aged 16 and 17 rather than 18+ under DoLS
  • Many new staff groups will be involved in the assessment process
  • The role of the BIA changes significantly


This half day course (3 hours) aims to provide a detailed introduction of the Liberty Protection Safeguards contained in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019. The course considers the differences between DoLS and LPS and looks at what the new process will be and who will be affected.

Learning outcomes

  • Consider the key differences between DoLS and LPS
  • Understand the impact on different services of LPS
  • Review the legal criteria, assessment and procedure for LPS authorisations
  • Consider the new duties and responsibilities placed on different staff and authorities


  • Consent > MCA > Restraint > DoLS
  • What care is a deprivation of liberty? The Acid Test
  • Current position with DoLS – annual statistics
  • The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019
  • Legal structure – legislation, regulations, Code of Practice
  • DoLS > LPS – what changes and what stays the same(ish)
  • The Responsible Body
  • Case study
  • LPS procedure – 3 stages
  • LPS – criteria and assessments overview
  • Life-sustaining treatment or vital act
  • Pre-authorisation review
  • Approved Mental Capacity Professionals (AMCP)
  • Renewal procedure
  • Rights: Advocacy, Appeal, Appropriate person, Reviews

The course will be delivered by Steven Richards

Steven Richards is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector. He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind and as an advocate Steven represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, reviewing the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He has also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.

Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services on the MCA including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and most recently has delivered training on the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards to members of the House of Lords.

Steven is co-author of three books:

  • Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 
  • Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1stedition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7) 

He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an App on the Mental Capacity Act.

Includes all course materials and certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.

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