What is a Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR)?

Person’s being deprived of their liberty in care homes or hospitals have a statutory right to have a representative to support them to exercise their rights under the Mental Capacity Act. If there are no appropriate, willing or able friends or family to take on this role, then the Supervisory Body must appoint a paid representative.

POhWER’s Relevant Person’s Paid Representatives (RPPR) are qualified advocates who have specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) legislation.

Our RPPR’s are required by the Act to be independent from the care home or hospital where a person is being deprived of their liberty, as well as the Local Authority and Supervisory Body/DoLS team whom are depriving the person of their liberty.

What is a RPPR's role?

POhWER RPPRs protect the human rights of people who lack capacity and have been admitted to hospital, or live in residential or nursing care, and whom are being deprived of their liberty for their own safety. RPPRs work with them to ensure that their rights under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are upheld and that the deprivation is lawful, proportionate and in their best interests.

RPPRs visit people deprived of their liberty on a regular basis and on each visit they will undertake the following:

  • Our RPPRs assist the person to understand their DoLS authorisation and how it affects them.
  • As far as possible, the RPPR assists the person to exercise their rights under the MCA 2005 DoLS, should they wish to do so.
  • The RPPR will support the individual to ask for a review of the authorisation where necessary, challenge the authorisation through local means where possible or ultimately refer the case to the Court of Protection.
  • RPPRs have power to apply to Court of Protection themselves without client consent, if there is sufficient evidence the person’s rights are being affected or parts of the DoL are no longer appropriate or being met
  • The RPPR will act in the person’s best interests.
  • The RPPR will ensure any conditions attached to the authorisation are met and if not, facilitate the implementation of these or refer it back to the Supervisory Body/DoLS team.
  • POhWER ensures to provide a continuity of advocacy support which can last through subsequent DoLS to make sure that the individual can build a trustful working relationship with their advocate.
  • Our RPPRs are trained to use a variety of communication tools.
  • POhWER’s RPPRs support the individuals to make their voices heard.
  • Our RPPRs will also signpost to other specialists and professionals should this be necessary.

Where do we provide this service?

You can find out if we provide this service in your area by clicking on the link below. If we don’t provide a service where you live, please call our support centre on 0300 456 2370 for information, advice and signposting to other organisations in your area who may be able to help you.

POhWER support in your area

How do I get support from an advocate?

Referrals are made through the local council. Please contact us if you need more information.


Relevant Person's Paid Representative leaflet (pdf)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) leaflet (pdf)

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) leaflet (pdf)