MCA 2005 & LPS Webinar
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is a piece of legislation in the United Kingdom that provides a legal framework for decision-making on behalf of individuals who may lack the capacity to make certain decisions for themselves. It outlines the principles and procedures for making decisions in the best interests of these individuals, while also respecting their autonomy and rights as much as possible. The MCA applies to various aspects of decision-making, including healthcare, financial matters, and social care.
Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), on the other hand, are a set of reforms introduced in England and Wales to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). LPS are a part of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019, which amends the Mental Capacity Act 2005. LPS provide a legal framework for authorizing and overseeing arrangements that restrict the liberty of individuals who lack capacity and need to be deprived of their liberty for their own safety and well-being. This framework aims to protect the rights and interests of vulnerable individuals while ensuring that any deprivation of liberty is proportionate and in accordance with the law.
This webinar targets frontline Health and Social Care staff who may in the course of their work encounter a person who might lack the capacity to consent to arrangements that may give rise to a deprivation of their liberty, and who require general awareness of the LPS within the context of the wider MCA.