Paid RPR (Relevant Person’s Representative)

What is Paid RPR?

Where a person is ‘deprived of their liberty’ in a care homes or a hospital, that person has a right to have a person to support them to exercise their rights under the Mental Capacity Act. This person is call the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR). The RPR is often a family member or friend of the person.

Where there is not an appropriate person to be an RPR for a person, then a paid RPR is appointed.  Skills for People advocates act as RPR in this situation.  This is known as the Paid Relevant Person’s Representative (Paid RPR).

How to get in touch

You can contact us on 0191 281 8737 or email

All referrals go through your local Council.

How we can help you

Our Paid RPRs protect the human rights of people who lack capacity and have been admitted to hospital, or live in residential or nursing care, and who are being deprived of their liberty for their own safety.

Our Paid RPRs 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.

Our Paid RPRs visit people deprived of their liberty on a regular basis.

Our Paid RPRs 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.


QPM Award for Skills for People Feb 2019 - Jan 2022Skills for People is an independent charity. Our advocates are independent, they are not a member of the health or social care team which support you, and they play no part in your treatment and care.

We have been been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).

We work to the principles of the Advocacy Charter.

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