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Bi-annual analysis of Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessments - England, April-September 2011Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 2 Dec 2011
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- County, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Local Authorities
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2011 to 30 Sep 2011
This is the first bi-annual analysis of Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Assessments in England, covering the period April to September 2011.
DoLS were introduced in April 2009 as an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 ("The Act"). The Safeguards provide a framework for approving the deprivation of liberty for people who lack the capacity to consent to treatment or care in either a hospital or care home that, in their own best interests, can only be provided in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of liberty. The safeguards legislation provides for an assessment process that must be undertaken before deprivation of liberty may be authorised .
These statistics provide official information about authorisation requests under The Act to deprive adults of their liberty and the outcome of such assessments. The DoLS collection is a statutory collection. All 151 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and 152 Local Authorities (LAs) in England are required to submit a return even if they are only submitting a nil return to inform of no use of the safeguards.
These statistics provide official information about authorisation requests under The Act to deprive adults of their liberty and the outcome of such assessments. Data is presented by Region (former Government Office Region (GOR)) and Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and includes demographic information about people on whose behalf authorisation requests were made.
The NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre has moved from quarterly to bi-annual publications, plus an annual publication, in line with the Department of Health's DoLS publication strategy for 2011/12. This will be further reduced to one annual publication from 2012/13.
The figures show that between 1 April and 30 September 2011:
- 5,472 authorisation requests were completed. 3,963 (72.4 per cent) were received by LAs and 1,509 (27.6 per cent) were received by PCTs.
- 3,079 (56.3 per cent) of the completed assessments resulted in an authorisation.
- Of the total assessments completed, a slightly higher proportion was for females 2,857 (52.2 per cent) than males 2,615 (47.8 per cent).
- At the end of the reporting period, 30 September 2011, 1,697 people were subject to a current standard authorisation. 1,484 (87.4 per cent) followed a granted LA authorisation and 213 (12.6 per cent) followed a granted PCT authorisation.
Please note that we were advised of some incorrectly submitted figures which affect this publication. For Hounslow PCT (5HY) the total number of DoLs authorisation requests not granted during quarter 2 2012/13 should have been 6 rather than 3. Whilst National totals are not significantly changed, this will have a small effect on most reference data tables and relevant cells in the machine readable dataset. These changes will be taken into account of when the next annual report on the Deprivation of Liberties is published and the historic figures will be revised in that publication.