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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) e-learning programme is now available for use by qualifying doctors. The e-learning programme has been extensively revised and updated and has been released as part of a collaboration between Health Education England, the Department of Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The programme replaces any previous training on DoLS by HEE e-Learning for Healthcare.

Before proceeding to the training programme, please check that you fit the criteria of doctors who are eligible to carry out the mental health assessment under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The relevant regulations are:

Eligibility to carry out a mental health assessment

1. A person is eligible to carry out a mental health assessment if paragraphs (2) and (3) are met

2. The person must be:

(a) approved under section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983; or

(b) a registered medical practitioner who the supervisory body is satisfied has at least three years post registration experience in the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorder

3. The supervisory body must be satisfied that the person has successfully completed the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Mental Health Assessors training programme made available by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

How to complete the e-learning

DoLS are an integral part of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and it is essential that doctors and mental health assessors have a good practical knowledge of the MCA. The MCA Test of Understanding has been created as part of the DoLS programme and all users must complete and successfully pass the test before moving on to the DoLS e-learning resource.

Users will also need to complete and pass the DoLS Test of Understanding once they have completed the e-learning training programme. Only when a user has successfully completed and passed both the MCA and DoLS test will they be able to generate a certificate, which can be presented to a supervisory body as evidence that they have satisfactorily completed the DoLS online training programme. 


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