The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a 16-week consultation on implementing the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) and a revised code of practice on the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

LPS aims to safeguard individuals who lack the capacity to consent to their care arrangements if these amount to a deprivation of liberty. This scheme introduces new statutory responsibilities for NHS Trusts as they will be required to oversee and authorise deprivations of liberty within inpatient areas. While the LPS will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system, it is expected that this scheme will affect a larger number of people as it also includes young people aged 16+ and people in their own homes.

The Trust has arranged a number of sessions directed to colleagues to present some key highlights of the proposed changes, focusing on what the introduction of LPS will mean for our organisation, and answer your questions.

The sessions will take place on Zoom on:

  • Thursday 19 May, 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 27 May, 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Tuesday 7 June, 11am to 12pm

If you would like to attend, please email the date of your preferred session to mcaconsultation@merseycare.nhs.uk. You should only attend one of the scheduled sessions and you will receive a link to the session upon registration. If you require any adjustments or if you would like to share any questions or comments in advance, please contact us at the e-mail address above.

A Trust-wide response to the consultation will then be submitted collating feedback from the sessions with service users and carers and internal staff sessions.

We encourage individuals to access the consultation documentation, at this link. An easy read version is also available here. Please note that the consultation period will close on the 7 July.

If you have any specific questions or feedback about the consultation that you would like to share, you can also e-mail us at mcaconsultation@merseycare.nhs.uk.

Other ways of responding to the consultation

If individuals would like to independently submit their responses directly to the DHSC, this can be done by clicking on the “Respond Online” link at the bottom of the consultation page.

To respond to the easy read consultation, you can instead click on “Respond Online” at the bottom of this page.