Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Dear Bedford Borough 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 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020 by each of the following:
a.) Council employed Best Interest Assessors
b.) Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the Council)
c.) Mental Health Assessors
d.) Assessments allocated to 3rd party service providers for completion

2- Please provide the total spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020, on each of the following:
a.) Employed Best Interest Assessors
b.) Independent Best Interest Assessors
c.) Mental Health Assessors
d.) 3rd party service providers

3 – What is the standard price paid per BIA assessment
4 – What is the standard price paid per Mental Health Assessment for DoLS
5 - Please provide the name of the local DoLS Lead or Team Manager

Yours faithfully,

Jim Ward

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 17076

 

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From: Jim Ward <[4][FOI #725935 email]>

Sent: 10 February 2021 09:01

To: Freedom of Information <[5][email address]>

Subject: [External] Freedom of Information request - Deprivation of
Liberty Safeguards

 

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Dear Bedford Borough 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 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020 by each of the
following:

 

a.) Council employed Best Interest Assessors

 

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

 

c.) Mental Health Assessors

 

d.) Assessments allocated to 3rd party service providers for completion

 

 

 

2- Please provide the total spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
assessments between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020, on each of the following:

 

a.)     Employed Best Interest Assessors

 

b.)     Independent Best Interest Assessors

 

c.)     Mental Health Assessors

 

d.)     3rd party service providers

 

 

 

3 – What is the standard price paid per BIA assessment

 

4 – What is the standard price paid per Mental Health Assessment for DoLS

 

5 - Please provide the name of the local DoLS Lead or Team Manager

 

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

Jim Ward

 

 

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Rupee Baga, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 17076

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Rupee Baga

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Supporting Kate Walker - Director of Adults’ Services

 

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From: Jim Ward <[4][FOI #725935 email]>

Sent: 10 February 2021 09:01

To: Freedom of Information <[5][email address]>

Subject: [External] Freedom of Information request - Deprivation of
Liberty Safeguards

 

Attention: This email originated from outside of Bedford Borough Council.
Please be extra vigilant when opening attachments or clicking links.

 

 

Dear Bedford Borough 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 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020 by each of the
following:

 

a.) Council employed Best Interest Assessors – 48 (includes Jem and I in
our roles)

 

b.) Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Council) - 941

 

c.) Mental Health Assessors - 890

 

d.) Assessments allocated to 3rd party service providers for completion -
2

 

 

 

2- Please provide the total spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
assessments between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020, on each of the following:

 

a.)     Employed Best Interest Assessors - £7,000

 

b.)     Independent Best Interest Assessors - £151,775.38

 

c.)     Mental Health Assessors - £277,025.00

 

d.)     3rd party service providers - £700.00

 

 

 

3 – What is the standard price paid per BIA assessment - £300.00

 

4 – What is the standard price paid per Mental Health Assessment for DoLS
- £173.37

 

5 - Please provide the name of the local DoLS Lead or Team Manager –
MCA/DoLS Lead – Sara-Jayne Williams

 

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

Jim Ward

 

 

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