In April 2013, when primary care trusts (PCTs) cease to exist, their supervisory body responsibilities under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards relating to hospitals will pass to local authorities. This transfer will mean that local social services authorities and health institutions will have to adjust to new ways of working together to ensure that the rights of vulnerable patients are protected.
This report provides practical advice to those responsible for managing this transfer. It provides a flowchart for determining ordinary residence, a timeline for suggested tasks for PCTs, local authorities, and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), together with checklists for quality assurance during the transfer. Implications for all these agencies and others, such as IMCA providers, are considered, together with the implications for Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) and medical assessors.