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Information for professionals


This page is for professionals working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

A brief overview of deprivation of liberty safeguards can be found on the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards page; additional information on what to do if you think someone is being deprived of their liberty without an authorisation and applications to the Court of Protection can be found on the Information for service users, family, friends and carers page.

Specific information for Managing Authorities can be found on the Information for care homes and hospitals page; this includes details on how to make deprivation of liberty applications, information about reviews and some case examples.

Further information about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can be found at www.direct.gov.uk.


Codes of Practice

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice [PDF 952KB] and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Code of Practice [PDF 470KB] give guidance and information about how the Act works in practice and should always be referred to.

Everyone who acts in a professional capacity for, or in relation to, a person who lacks capacity and/or anyone who is being paid for acts for or in relation to a person who lacks capacity has a legal duty to have regard to the Codes of Practice.

In addition to the codes of practice there is a joint Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Deprivation of Liberty Multi Agency Policy & Procedure [PDF 464KB], which provides local guidance for everyone involved in deprivation of liberty across Nottinghamshire and should be used in conjunction with the codes of practice.



Below are forms to download for use with deprivation of liberty assessments.

Please note any professional with access to Nottinghamshire County Councils Framework-i system must complete the forms via the system.


Forms for Best Interest Assessors

Form 5 - Age assessment [PDF 102KB]

Form 6 - Mental health assessment [PDF 110KB]

Form 7 - Mental capacity assessment [PDF 123KB]

Form 8 - No refusals assessment [PDF 108KB]

Form 9 - Eligibility assessment [PDF 139KB]

Form 10 - Best interests assessment [PDF 249KB]

Form 11 - Use of an equivalent assessment record [PDF 110KB]

Form 12 - Supervisory bodies decision, Standard Authorisation Granted [PDF 196KB]

Form 13 - Supervisory bodies decision, Standard Authorisation Not Granted [PDF 120KB]

Form 17 - Unauthorised DOL assessors report [PDF 111KB]

Form 18 - Supervisory bodies decision following an unauthorised DOL assessment [PDF 119KB]

Form 22 - Supervisory bodies decision following a review [PDF 190KB]

Form 24 - Selection of a Representative [PDF 166KB]

Form 25 - Appointment of a Representative [PDF 137KB]


Forms for Mental Health Assessors

Form 6 - Mental health assessment [PDF 110KB]

Form 7 - Mental capacity assessment [PDF 123KB]

Form 9 - Eligibility assessment [PDF 139KB]


Forms for IMCAs

Form 30 - IMCA report form [PDF 107KB]


Deprivation of liberty contact

For further information or advice about deprivation of liberty safeguards please contact Safeguarding Adults.
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