The Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s fourth report into how the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards have been applied – during 2012/13 – mentions concern that the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is not understood or implemented consistently across health and social care services. Checks on the implementation of the MCA are to become a routine component of hospital and care home inspections. It is proposed that NHS England should include effective use of DoLS into the standard contract for service providers.
“Checks on implementation of the Mental Capacity Act MCA will become a routine part of hospital and care home inspection… In its fourth annual report into the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards DoLS, CQC says these checks will become an integral part of its new approach to regulation, as it implements its fresh strategy ‘Raising Standards, Putting People First'”.
CQC to do more checks on the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. London: Care Quality Commission (CQC), January 16th 2014.
Monitoring the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) in 2012/13. London: Care Quality Commission (CQC), January 2014.
There is also the summary / introduction:
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2012/13. London: Care Quality Commission (CQC), January 16th 2014.
Possibly also of interest:
Tameside hospital inspection finds ‘serious shortfalls’. Manchester: BBC News Manchester, March 20th 2014.