Deprivation of liberty and the community nurse

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In this month’s Policy column, Iwan Dowie discusses the ‘deprivation of liberty’ − which is used to safeguard patients who may be lacking sufficient mental capacity to manage their own safety. The author, through previous legal cases, shares how the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)—an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005—came into being, and the importance of community nurses in knowing the DoLS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number5
Early online date3 May 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 May 2024


  • Community nurse
  • deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • mental capacity
  • policy


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