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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1 - How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the following:

a.) Council employed Best Interest Assessors.
b.) Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the Local Authority).
c.) Mental Health Assessors.
d.) Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

2- Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a.) The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017
b.) Price paid per BIA assessment.
c.) Price paid per Mental Health Assessment for DoLS.
d.) Total DoLS team budget for 2017-2018.
e.) Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service lead and DoLS team manager.

Yours faithfully,

A.G. Johnson

Karen Robinson, East Sussex County Council

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Dear A.G. Johnson

 

FOI Request ref:  8876 / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Information

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 08/05/2017 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
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Dear A.G. Johnson

 

FOI Request ref:  8876 / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Information

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

Request (in blue) and Response (in red)

Q1. How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were
conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the following:

East Sussex County Council has only had a robust system of recording DoLS
assessments since 2014 when the law changed and referral levels increased
significantly.  Prior to 2014 the number of assessments completed would
have been around 100 each year.  Since March 2014 to May 2017 East Sussex
has completed 4516 assessments.

 

a.) Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

The majority of assessments are completed by Council employed BIAs. 
Across the period for which this information is requested the Council is
not able to provide the exact numbers completed by the different
categories of BIAs but in order of 92% of assessments were completed by
the Council’s own BIAs.

b.) Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

Across the period for which this information is requested around 8% of
assessments were completed by Independent BIAs.

c.) Mental Health Assessors.

Across the full period for which this information is requested the Council
is not able to say precisely how many assessments were completed by Mental
Health Assessors.  Looking at the proportion of the Council’s assessments
that are full assessments, i.e. involving a BIA and a Mental Health
Assessor, we extrapolate that 70% of assessments across the period the
information is requested have had the involvement of a Mental Health
Assessor.

d.) Assessments allocated to 3rd party recruitment agency contracts.

No assessments have been allocated to 3rd party recruitment agency
contracts.

 

Q2. Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a.) The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009 to
01/05/2017

It is not possible to split the budget over this period precisely.  The
total budget over this period has been in the order of £3,000,000.  Part
of the reason it is not possible to split the budget is that many of the
Council’s BIAs sit in teams where being a BIA is only one aspect of their
work and other budgets cover their employment.  

The amounts spent in the different areas across this period are
approximately:

Council BIAs - £2,180,000

Independent BIAs - £120,000.00

Mental Health Assessors - £700,000.00

 

b.) Price paid per BIA assessment.

£250 - £300 per assessment completed by an Independent BIA (inclusive of
mileage)

c.) Price paid per Mental Health Assessment for DoLS.

£197.85 (plus 20p per mile)

d.) Total DoLS team budget for 2017-2018.

£490,300.00

e.) Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

FOI 2000 s 40 (2) Personal Data

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Section 1 Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). Public authorities are not
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of Information Act (FOIA) because Section 40 FOIA defines personal data as
exempt information. In this case specifically at Section 40(2), which
refers to the personal data of third parties. We are therefore unable to
release this information to you.

 

 

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