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Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA)

Our Independent Mental Capacity Advocates – IMCA – support and protect the liberty of people who have been declared medically incapable of making key decisions about their lives

People who have a mental illness, dementia, or an injury to the brain can be declared, by a medical professional, as lacking the capacity to make their own decisions. Our advocates work to ensure their rights and best interests are taken into account.

When a serious decision needs to be made about a person’s change of accommodation or treatment, or there are Safeguarding Concerns or a care review is due, we are able to:

  • Gather information about the person, working to understand his or her views, wishes and beliefs
  • Share this information with social workers or doctors to ensure key decision-makers are aware of the person’s feelings
  • Assess the proposed decision, look into other options, seeks secondary professional opinions and find a viable option which best fits the person’s wishes
  • Challenge decisions where necessary, both formally and informally

In this way, our advocates provide a vital support network which protects vulnerable people’s rights.

Who we can help

We provide our IMCA services for people who live in the borough of:

  • Southwark
  • Waltham Forest

Find out if you or someone you know or support is entitled to the help of an IMCA.

For further information, please call our IMCA duty on 020 7358 7000 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. A qualified IMCA will answer any queries you have. If you prefer, you can email us here.