Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS): e-Learning course
This course builds on the topics already covered within the Mental Capacity Act e-learning course, and focuses on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
It will explore the DoLS processes and cover the things everyone working in and around health and social care need to be aware of.
This CPD accredited course is for everyone who looks after, or cares for someone who may be unable to make decisions for themselves in relation to their own care, treatment and accommodation decisions. For example, doctors, nurses, social workers, care workers, and family members.
Recently relaunched: Now CPD accredited
Module 1: DoLS Open
- Introduction: Where DoLS came from and why we need it; and the relationship between DoLS and the Human Rights Act.
- What is a deprivation of liberty?: What is meant by the term 'deprivation of liberty'; how the law works and the importance of case law in deciding whether a deprivation of liberty might be happening.
- Understanding the DoLS process: Making a request for DoLS; the six assessments; the key roles in DoLS processes.
- Key safeguards in DoLS: The roles of independent mental capacity advocates, relevant person’s representatives, the OPG and the Court of Protection.
- Recent developments: The future of DoLS: The 2014 Supreme Court judgement; the Law Commission’s reform of the DoLS systems.
- Conclusions and reflections
Module 2: DoLS and the MHA Open
Explores the interface between the Mental Health Act (MHA) and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).
- Introduction: Understanding the links between the Mental Capacity Act, Derivation of Liberty and the Mental Health Act.
- The Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act: The two acts do work together but there are some situations when the MHA should be used instead of the MCA and vice versa.
- The Mental Health Act and DoLS: Learn more about situations where a person is, or may be, subject to the MHA, making them ineligible to be deprived of their liberty under DoLS.
- Conclusions and reflections
Module 3: Assessment and certification Open
Pass the assessment to obtain a certificate.
- Understand the purpose and origin of DoLS
- Understand what is a deprivation of liberty
- Know when and how to apply for a DoLS authorisation
- Be familiar with the key safeguards for the person being deprived of their liberty
- Understand the interfaces between DoLs, the MCA, and the Mental Health Act
- Saved learning progress
- Learning notes
- Online assessment
- CPD certificate
- Email support
- Works on desktop
- Works on tablet
- Works on mobile
By studying the course, and passing the assessment, you will be issued with a certificate showing 2.0 CPD points.
CPD Standards Office accredited course ref no 60036/39.
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Frequently asked questions
Who is this course for? Open
This course is for everyone who looks after, or cares for someone who may be unable to make decisions for themselves in relation to their own care, treatment and accommodation decisions. For example, doctors, nurses, social workers, care workers, and family members.
SCORM compliant (on your LMS) versionOpen
If you are interested in hosting this e-learning course and/or the assessment, on your Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) we are able to help.
We can provide:
- Course content: A SCORM 1.2 or 2004 compliant version of the course.
- Assessment / certification: The assessment, questions and answers, in MS Word format, which you can build on to your platform.
- Course updates: We will supply you with course updates for an agreed period of time.
- Custom changes: We can help by making custom changes to the course to meet your specific learning and development needs.
Contact us to find out more about bringing our course to your learners on your platform.
v3 (October 2017) Fully updated and rebuilt version of the course.
v1 (January 2011) Flash based version of the course
Terms and conditions Open
- The price stated is exclusive of VAT. Purchasers in the UK will be charged VAT at the standard rate in addition to the price stated.
- Licence(s) purchased for yourself, or for other specified users, are auto-enrolled on to the course at time of purchase. Licence(s) purchased where the user isn't specified must be activated (by enrolling the user on the course using the provided licence code) within 90 days of purchase.
- From enrolling a user on the course, you will have 90 days access to the course and its assessment / certification.
- During your enrolment period you will have 3 attempts to pass the assessment. Only if you pass the assessment will a certificate be available for download. The assessment pass mark is 80%.
- Please check the recommended devices / web browsers for this course, before purchase.
- Please check who this course if for, before purchase.
- An internet connection is required, with the ability to stream video content from YouTube.
- All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated.
- Although SCIE’s courses have been used over many years with almost no reported problems, SCIE cannot provide technical support for their implementation or to investigate or fix any reported technical problems, nor does it warrant that they are fully compliant with all or any technical platform. Please review the recommended devices / web browsers advice.
Recommended devices / web browsers Open
SCIE recommends using the latest versions of device operating software and browsers to access our e-learning courses.
The minimum technical requirements are (depending on your setup):
- Chrome: Latest version
- Firefox: Latest version
- Microsoft Edge: 13
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: 11
- Safari: Latest version
- iOS: 10
- Android: Marshmallow (6.0)
This course has been tested on a selection of Apple and Android mobile and tablet devices, running the latest web browsers.
SCIE cannot take responsibility if the course, assessment or certificate does not work on your particular device or software.
Free version of this course Open
SCIE used to provide free access to the content of this course. The course has been updated and relaunched with an assessment and now provides a CPD accredited certificate. This course is no longer available for free.