Relevant Persons
Representative (RPR)

What is Relevant Persons Representative (RPR)

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 states that once a standard authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) has been approved the supervisory body (NHS body/local authority) must appoint a relevant person’s representative (RPR) as soon as practicably possible to represent the person who has been deprived of their liberty. The Supervisory Body can appoint a family member or friend to undertake this role or if this not possible they will instruct a paid RPR.

The quality of advocacy support is excellent, they are very responsive, even with out of borough cases as people are seen quickly and timely reports provided.

Wigan Family Welfare
The quality of advocacy support is excellent, they are very responsive, even with out of borough cases as people are seen quickly and timely reports provided.
Wigan Family Welfare


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The RPR has an important role in the deprivation of liberty process. They represent the relevant person and provide support that is independent of the commissioners and providers of the services they are receiving. The role of the RPR is to maintain contact with the relevant person, and to represent and support the relevant person in all matters relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards, including, if appropriate;

    • Triggering a review, using an organisation’s complaints procedure on the person’s behalf or making an application to the Court of Protection
    • RPRs must have regular, face-to-face contact with the person being deprived of their liberty, to ensure that their interests are being safeguarded. This means that the hospital or care home where the person is staying (the managing authority) should allow you to visit them at reasonable times
    • As the RPR, your name should be recorded in the person’s health and social care records. If you have insufficient contact with the relevant person for whatever reason, they may not have full opportunities to have their case reviewed or to appeal against their deprivation of liberty to the Court of Protection


All names and key details have been changed, to protect the client’s right to confidentiality.
Photographs shown are also not representative of the actual person.

Case Study

Peter is a 35 year old man with complex health needs and no verbal communication. He lives in an older person’s nursing home and is subject to a DOLS. The activities provided are not age appropriate and he is unable to participate due to severe cognitive & physical impairments. He had never been out of the home due to the high risk of infection. Peter was unable to raise objections about the placement but the RPR felt he would not have chosen this himself. A request from the funding authority to consider alternative accommodation was unsuccessful so the RPR initiated a section 21a appeal in the Court of Protection.

How our IMCA Advocate helped

The RPR instructed a solicitor to represent Peter and acted as Litigation Friend throughout the court proceedings. After close working with the solicitor, meetings & court hearings it was determined by the judge that Peter was receiving good care in the home but his quality of life should be improved. The court order stated that he should have regular access to the community and participate in activities suited to his age and previous interests. The RPR continues to represent Peter and reports he now appears more responsive and much happier.


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