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.
What is this research about?
This research project aims to explore the different factors that influence decisions around mental capacity in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) and how these may differ depending on the role of those involved. There has been limited research undertaken in relation to the DOLS and we wish to focus on what influences the fundamental decision as to whether or not a person has mental capacity to consent to their stay in a hospital or care home for the purposes of receiving care and treatment. We think this area is important to explore, since the outcome of the capacity assessment has significant implications and existing research shows that professional decision making in relation to mental capacity remains quite variable and not well understood. In the proposed draft legislation to replace the DOLS (Liberty Protection Safeguards) a capacity assessment remains central to the legal process and therefore we believe this project has relevance both now and in the future.