Since 2009, care homes and hospitals have had to seek authorisation from their local authority if they need to deprive an individual who lacks capacity of their liberty as part of their care and/or treatment.
Supreme Court judgments handed down on 19 March 2014 have led to a substantial increase in the volume of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications received by councils. As a result, a temporary, voluntary, data collection has been introduced to cover the period 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2015. This quarterly collection enables stakeholders to monitor the scale of the Supreme Court judgments’ impact on councils in a timely manner, and allows for any increase in the number of DoLS applications to be quantified and evidenced.
This release, which will be the final planned release of DOLS quarterly data, presents statistics from quarter 6 of the DoLS collection, covering 1 July 2015 to 30 September 2015.
The previous quarterly report for 1 April to 30 June 2015 was published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and is available on its website.
The HSCIC currently collects data from councils on DoLS at case level on an annual basis. Read the annual report for 2013 to 2014 on the HSCIC website.