Everyone who is deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act must have a representative. This could be a family member or a friend but if there is no one suitable it could be a Paid Representative also known as a RPPR.

POhWER’s RPPRs are qualified advocates who have specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legislation.

What is the role of an RPPR?

The Paid Representative's role is to:

  • Visit the person deprived of their liberty on a regular basis
  • Assist the person to understand their Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) authorisation and how it affects them
  • As far as possible, assist the person to exercise their rights should they wish to do so
  • Ensure any conditions attached to the authorisation are met, referring concerns to the supervisory body / DoLS team where required
  • Call 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

Our RPPRs are independent from the care home or hospital as well as the Local Authority and Supervisory Body / DoLS team.

Find out more information about the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The service is completely free of charge to the person who is deprived of their liberty. If we identify any issues which are outside of our remit we will signpost to other relevant services to ensure our client’s needs and wishes are met.

If you want to find out more or you want to make a referral, you can contact us.