Since 2009, care homes and hospitals have had to seek authorisation from their Local Authority if they need to deprive an individual who lacks capacity of their liberty as part of their care and/or treatment. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) currently collects data from Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs or councils) on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) at case level on an annual basis. This information is then published in the annual report 'Mental Capacity Act, 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards'.
Supreme Court judgments handed down on 19 March 2014 have led to a substantial increase in the volume of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications received by councils. As a result, a temporary, voluntary, data collection has been introduced to cover the period 1 April 2014 - 30 September 2015. This quarterly collection enables stakeholders to monitor the scale of the Supreme Court judgments' impact on councils in a timely manner, and allows for any increase in the number of DoLS applications to be quantified and evidenced.
In order to minimise the respondent burden on councils, only three data items are collected from each council: the number of DoLS applications made, and of these, the number of requests granted and not granted.
Councils have been encouraged to revise the data submitted for earlier quarters during the submission period for quarter 5, to take account of any changes in historic data since the original submissions for each quarter (further details can be found in Annex B).
This release presents statistics from quarter 5 of the collection, covering 1 April to 30 June 2015, and also includes updated figures for all previous months, from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. The data show the position on 14 July 2015, when the returns were submitted and may be updated by councils in the final collection, as further applications are completed.
Details of previous quarters' reports can be found in the Coherence and Comparability section of the Data Quality Statement at the rear of this report.