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What learning disability nurses need to know about Liberty Protection Safeguards

Be prepared for the new legislation covering people lacking mental capacity
Image of two human figures, one on huge book titled Liberty Protection Safeguards, against backdrop of scales of justice. Article explains how new Liberty Protection Safeguards for people lacking mental capacity could affect learning disability nurses.

Learning disability nurses should prepare for the new Liberty Protection Safeguards and find out how it will affect them and their practice

  • Liberty Protection Safeguards will replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Nurses should raise questions to ensure human rights are protected
  • New safeguards were due later this year, but the code of practice is still awaited

Existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are being replaced in England and Wales by new Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) and the change is set have a major effect on the work of learning disability nurses.

Salford City Council DoLS team manager and social worker Martin Sexton says: ‘ Learning disability nurses already aim to apply the Mental Capacity Act as widely as possible, and the new LPS are intended to build on the good practice on capacity that is already out

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