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Br J Psychiatry. 2011 Sep;199(3):232-8. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.089474. Epub 2011 Jun 27.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in England: implementation costs.

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West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3EU, UK. ajitshah123@btinternet.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005, were fully implemented on 1 April 2009 in England and Wales. The government estimated 20 000 assessments for DoLS at a cost of £600 per assessment. Aims To estimate the costs likely to be incurred with the implementation of DoLS in England.

METHOD:

The cost of conducting a single DoLS assessment was estimated using resource-utilisation data ascertained from 37 professionals, secretarial staff and independent mental capacity advocates involved with DoLS assessments in six diverse local DoLS offices.

RESULTS:

The estimated average cost of a single DoLS assessment was £1277.

CONCLUSIONS:

The estimated average cost of a single DoLS assessment was significantly higher than the £600 estimated by the government. However, the allocated budget, based on 20 000 estimated DoLS assessments in the first year of its implementation, is likely to be adequate because a significantly lower number of assessments (only 5200) were conducted in the first 9 months after its implementation.

PMID:
21708879
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.110.089474
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