Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council

“I, like many of you, have been following the latest chapter in the DoLS saga with interest. I am referring, of course, to the Local Government Ombudsman’s report regarding Kent County Council’s delays in processing standard authorisations and Kent County Council’s, frankly very honest, response to those Ombudsman’s recommendations. But, of course, in 2009, theContinue reading “Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council”

Powers of attorney, care homes, best interests and deprivation of liberty

Read what Alex Ruck Keene had to say on this topic on 7 March 2016… Mental capacity law and policy source: https://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/powers-of-attorney-care-homes-best-interests-and-deprivation-of-liberty/

The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence

The GP, the treating neurologist, the care home, and the CCG bear a heavy responsibility for not having ensured that the decision to prescribe clinically assisted nutrition and hydration was kept under review.   The Court of Protection bears a heavy responsibility for allowing the question of where P should live to eclipse her wider bestContinue reading “The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence”

Keeping Mum in her own home

Deprivation of Liberty and Powers of Attorney for health and welfare By Celia Kitzinger, 28th June 2021 So, even if someone has given me clear and strongly-worded directions that I am to keep them out of a care home at all costs – which might include locking them inside their home and using video-cameras toContinue reading “Keeping Mum in her own home”

Deprivation of Liberty

There is nothing about living in a care home or supported accommodation which gives authority to deprive people of their liberty. But what does this mean in practice for frontline practitioners and managers? Well…“Care providers don’t have to  be experts about what is and is not a deprivation of liberty. They just need to knowContinue reading “Deprivation of Liberty”