Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA/DoLS)

Betsey Lau-Robinson

Betsey Lau-Robinson

Henry Gilfillan

Henry Gilfillan

Chair: Henry Gilfillan
Vice Chair: Betsey Lau-Robinson

Membership: This Community of Practice is open to Local Authority and NHS representatives in London with a role or responsibility relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and/or its Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Key Aims for 2016/17

  • To work with universities in order to provide training courses for BIAs in order to manage DoLS and legal timescales
  • To ensure consistent Mental Capacity Assessments and Best Interest decision recording across London Council
  • To work with the Department of Health on MCA and DoLS policy
  • To ensure consistent MCA and DoLS policies across London
  • To develop good practice across London with regards to legal, case law and safeguarding
  • To report MCA/DoLS trends in a Safeguarding Adults Annual Report
  • MCA/DoLS Terms of Reference



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Recent News

Delivering high quality end of life care for people who have a learning disability

NHS England, in partnership with the Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities (PCPLD) Network, has today published Delivering high quality end of life care for people with a learning[...]

Making Safeguarding Personal; London ADASS regional temperature check report and analysis

The Care Act guidance states that Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) means that safeguarding should “be person-led and outcome-focused. It engages the person in a conversation about how best to respond to their[...]

Learning from SARs report

This project undertook an analysis of the nature and content of 27 safeguarding adults reviews commissioned and completed by London Safeguarding Adults Boards since implementation of the Care Act 2014[...]


Future meetings and events

Date/Time Event Notes
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - September 2017
London Councils, London
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - December 2017
London Councils, London
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - March 2018
London Councils, London


Past meetings and events

Date/Time Event Notes
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - May 2017
London Councils, London
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Social Work Practice with people experiencing controlling and coercive behaviour

Enter Feedback

9:30 am - 1:30 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - October 2016
London Councils, London
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - July 2016
London Councils, London

Moved back one week from 19th July.

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - April 2016
London Councils, London
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
MCA/DoLS Network - January 2015
London Councils, London
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Developing London Workforce Plan across the care sector

Write Up from the event

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Meeting the Challenges of the New Framework for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in End of Life Care

The review of the deprivation of liberty safeguards

9:30 am - 1:30 pm
MCA DoLs Network Meeting
London Councils, London
13/01/2015 - 13/04/2015
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
MCA/DoLs Network - January 2015
London Councils, London

Regular network meeting.
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