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Understanding & Applying the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in Care Homes

Tue, 17 Sep 2024

Virtual, Online

The number of DoLS applications made by health and social care providers continues to increase and a report published in March 2024 by Age UK highlights the huge challenges facing providers around MCA and DoLS assessments. It highlights the need for additional training for care home managers, to ensure that the rights of older people are protected.

“Through our monitoring activities, we continue to see that some providers have a limited understanding of the DoLS framework. As a result, we have seen that staff do not always implement the conditions attached to a DoLS authorisation.”

State of Care 2022/23, Care Quality Commission

“The CQC have highlighted a widespread lack of knowledge of the principles of the Mental Capacity Act among care professionals, a lack of training, and inadequate support for individuals or families who want to challenge DoLS decisions.”

A Hidden Crisis, Age UK

Join us for this full day conference which has been designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively apply DoLS within care homes, ensuring resident rights and best interests are protected. Throughout the day, you will hear from expert speakers with legislation updates, advice on assessing capacity, making applications, preparing for inspection and implementing ongoing monitoring.

With plenty of time for virtual networking and Q&A throughout the day, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get answers to the questions that matter to you.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Understand the significance of DoLS in safeguarding the rights of vulnerable residents.

  • Identify the current challenges within the DoLS system and recognise recent developments and best practices.

  • Gain knowledge of the legislative framework and legal considerations surrounding DoLS, including relevant legislation and the definition of deprivation of liberty in a care home setting.

  • Develop the ability to identify situations where DoLS may be necessary for residents.

  • Learn about capacity assessment and best interests decision-making principles and procedures outlined in the Mental Capacity Act.

  • Understand the practical application of DoLS in care settings, including the process for applying for standard and urgent authorisations, completing necessary forms and documentation, and collaborating with stakeholders.

  • Develop strategies for managing system backlogs and delays, including interim management and steps to take when encountering delays, while also effectively engaging with families.

  • Explore the challenges associated with applying DoLS in complex situations, including ethical considerations, dilemmas, effective communication, and conflict resolution.

  • Gain insights into preparing for inspections of DoLS under the Single Inspection Framework, understanding how the CQC monitors the use of MCA and DoLS, and preparing for inspection day.

  • Learn how to use monitoring effectively to minimise restrictive practices, including establishing robust monitoring systems, ensuring ongoing compliance, and the importance of staff training.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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