Local authorities have taken on the Supervisory Body (SB) function for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) in hospitals from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) from the 1st of April 2013.
As a result, local authorities will be the only Supervisory Bodies who can authorise deprivations of liberty outside of the Court of Protection.
Hospitals remain responsible as Managing Authorities, for compliance with the DOLS legislation, for understanding the DOLS and knowing when and how to make referrals.
Hospitals also remain responsible for ensuring that all care and treatment in hospitals is Mental Capacity Act (MCA) compliant.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will oversee these responsibilities in the NHS.