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Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

The IMCA Service

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.

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 qualifies for our service?

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 that their rights and best interests are taken into account. For more information please see our referrers guide to IMCA decisions.

We offer IMCA in the following areas:

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