NB - Applications should be sent to the local authority where the person is ordinarily resident. In the case of a care home this will usually be the local authority who is funding the care. In the case of a hospital this will usually be based on the persons ordinary residence when they were at home. Sometimes this can be difficult to work out if the person is funding their own care but the best course of action would be to contact the local DoLS team to discuss it.


The DoLS project group have been working on new DoLS forms which are now available to download using the links below.  Reducing the forms from 32 to 13 was not an easy task. Some elements of the forms are dictated by regulations and can’t change. Others seem particularly unnecessary. There are some situations still not really covered by a form and these will be addressed in the guidance which will accompany the forms.

The team have added some forms which didn’t previously exist, a “No Deprivation” form in particular. During consultation some people asked why this was necessary. This form has been used in the West Midlands for the last few years and it is very popular with BIA’s and speeds up the process.  There is a new form for a further request for authorisation which is very popular with Managing Authorities. There is also a new form to notify the Coroner of a death.

The forms have had numerous revisions and received a lot of helpful comments from consultation most of which has been incorporated. Some of the comments related more to practice and as such will appear in the guidance to follow.

We are confident that this revision of the forms will play a small part in speeding up the processing of DoLS authorisations without losing necessary quality. 


Lorraine Currie, Project Lead for ADASS



If you require the forms in an earlier version of word please contact Sheila Williams on rostrup2014@gmail.com