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.