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Care homes 'lack confidence' in applying Mental Capacity Act, finds review

User AvatarPosted by Kathryn Platten at 25/11/2014 09:15:14

Posted by Community Care Monday 3 November 2014

A lack of confidence in using the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) among care homes in Wales means too many are reliant on local authorities to identify and manage potential deprivations of liberty in care, a review has found.

The review of the Dols by the Welsh inspectorates for health and social care also found that some local authority adult social care teams had ‘very limited’ knowledge of Dols and failed to recognise their responsibilities under the legislation.

The review, which took place in April and May of this year, involved a survey of all local authorities and NHS boards in Wales and a review of 84 Dols applications. It also incorporated feedback from service users and carers.

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