Please note:We have been notified that figures for one Local Authority in this publication (published in a revised form on 1 October 2010) are slightly incorrect, due to an error relating to their submission. The correction required can be found in the Revisions tab of the Appendix A - Annual DoLS supporting tables 2009/10. These changes will be incorporated into totals when the second annual report on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is published; and historic figures for that Local Authority will be revised.
Please note: Some elements of this publication (originally published 20 July) were revised on 01 October 2010. This was because we were informed of an error relating to the Barking and Dagenham PCT and LA figures. One of the not authorised returns for Barking and Dagenham LA should have appeared under Barking and Dagenham PCT. This had no effect on the England totals but did have an effect on the England PCT and England LA totals. England LA totals have now decreased by one and England PCT totals have now increased by one. The number of PCTs that processed zero applications have also decreased by one to five as Barking and Dagenham PCT no longer has zero applications processed and now has one against its total. Revised figures have been published to take account of this.
The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DoLS), which came into force on 1 April 2009, provide a legal framework to ensure people are deprived of their liberty only when there is no other way to care for them or safely provide treatment. They were introduced as an amendment under the Mental Health Act 2007 but form part of the Mental Capacity Act.
Basic quarterly figures on authorisations under the new arrangements have already been released earlier in 2010, but this report provides the first information on uses of the new legislation across the whole year from 1 April 2009 - 31 March 2010. This report also references the expected figures included in the planning assumptions made by the Department of Health.