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Book review: Deprivation of Liberty: Collected Guidance

Should be readily available on every ward and unit where safeguarding is an issue - 4/5

4 stars

Deprivation of Liberty is complex and can be a confusing and difficult subject for healthcare professionals. Part of the difficulty in understanding and applying deprivation of liberty safeguards is that there is a complex set of regulations, as well as various sources of guidance, and it can be challenging to find specific information.

This book does not have a particular nursing focus as it is written for all healthcare professionals needing to understand and apply the regulations and guidance to ensure that the rights of vulnerable individuals are safeguarded. Among the guidance included in the book is the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice.

However, this book is clearly written and has a number of features that help demystify the area, such as a comprehensive overview, individual chapters on specific area of practice such as

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4 stars

Deprivation of Liberty is complex and can be a confusing and difficult subject for healthcare professionals. Part of the difficulty in understanding and applying deprivation of liberty safeguards is that there is a complex set of regulations, as well as various sources of guidance, and it can be challenging to find specific information.

Deprivation of Liberty book cover

This book does not have a particular nursing focus as it is written for all healthcare professionals needing to understand and apply the regulations and guidance to ensure that the rights of vulnerable individuals are safeguarded. Among the guidance included in the book is the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice.

However, this book is clearly written and has a number of features that help demystify the area, such as a comprehensive overview, individual chapters on specific area of practice such as psychiatric settings, general hospital settings, care homes and for the under eighteen. There are very useful key factors boxes throughout that clarify specific points. 

However, perhaps the greatest feature of the book is that it contains all the relevant guidance in one place.

This is an excellent book and should be readily available on every ward and unit where safeguarding the rights of vulnerable individuals is, or could be, an issue.  Those whose work means that they come into contact with deprivation of liberty safeguarding on a daily or frequent basis may wish to have their own copy.

Various authors | Law Society Publishing | £29.95 | 400pp | ISBN: 9781784460433

Reviewed by Marc Cornock, senior Lecturer, faculty of health and social care, The Open University

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