DoLSpro Limited have launched their new Best Practice Assessment Support Tool to support Best Interest Assessors and s.12 Doctors with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. This follows the company’s earlier Assessment Support Tool launched in 2016.
DoLSpro has attracted a great deal of interest since launch, in particular due to the potential for such software to help overcome the DoLS backlog and support assessors produce better quality reports. Within 6 weeks of launch the software became an approved resource by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE).
Ahead of the launch, we caught up with DoLSpro Managing Director and Social Worker Tristan Johnson, who notes that DoLSpro Limited “strive to solve the challenges faced by assessors through the assistance of technology and innovation”.
“The interest in our work has been encouraging. We’ve worked with a number of Local Authorities to refine and redevelop the software based on identified needs.” Johnson notes that “over 60% of Local Authorities in England have received assessments authored using DoLSpro. The new version promotes a more Person Centred approach, guiding the user to consider their assessment processes in order to achieve what we believe to now be Best Practice”.
Johnson’s desire to solve the major challenges in Social Care is transparent. “We have the ability and technology to create innovative solutions and want to help”.
What’s on the horizon for the next 12 months? “We are keen to see mass adoption of DoLSpro by Best Interest Assessors and have secured research funding from the AHSN (NHS Innovation fund) to support Health Economic research to take place in a Local Authority setting. We are now looking forward to user feedback and engaging further with Local Authorities about DoLSpro implementation.
Judging by DoLSpro’s enthusiasm for innovation, they will be exciting times indeed.