Law Commission consultation on the reform of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

A selection of resources providing a useful introduction to, and discussion of, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the consultation on changing the law.


The Law Commission’s consultation on proposals for the reform of the current framework for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is open until 2 November 2015. The DoLS consultation takes place in the context of recent widening of the definition of ‘deprivation of liberty’ leading to a ten-fold increase in cases being subject to the law, whilst at the same time a House of Lords committee described the DoLS as 'not fit for purpose'. Specifically, The Law Commission’s consultation is looking at how deprivations of liberty, for people who lack capacity to consent to care and treatment, are regulated by law and how this law can be improved.

St Luke’s Hospice Sheffield and The Law Commission recently ran two one-day conferences with us on the consultation. The conferences looked specifically at the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS in the context of palliative and end of life care.

The speakers at the conference provided a great mix of analysis of the current legislation, challenging perspectives on developing new legislation, and practical solutions. For anyone interested in DoLS or thinking of responding to the consultation these presentations make compelling viewing.

Conference videos and presentations

  • Jul 16, 2015
    Video: The Bigger Picture
    Presentation by Jonathan Ellis of Hospice UK at the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in End of Life Care conference, at St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield. #eolDoLS15
  • Jul 16, 2015
    Video: Practical Solutions to MCA DoLS
    Presentation by Dr Sam Kyeremateng of St Luke's Hospice Sheffield at the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in End of Life Care conference, at St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield. #eolDoLS15
  • Jul 16, 2015
    Video: DoLS – Department of Health Perspective
    Presentation by Niall Fry of the Department of Health at the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in End of Life Care conference, at St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield. #eolDoLS15
  • Jul 16, 2015
    Video: The Review of DoLS
    Presentation by Tim Spencer-Lane of the Law Commission at the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in End of Life Care conference, at St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield. #eolDoLS15

Further resources and contacts

The Hospice UK response to the consultation is being lead by Kathleen Caper, Head of Policy and Advocacy.

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