Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service (IMCA)

The Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy IMCA) Service provides independent safeguards for vulnerable individuals who lack capacity to certain important decisions about serious medical treatment and changes of accommodation, and who have no family or friends that it would be appropriate to consult about those decisions.

An IMCA will work with, and support people who lack capacity and represent their view to those who are working what is in their best interest.

Role of the IMCA

  • To be independent of the person making the decision
  • To provide support for the person who lacks capacity
  • Represent the person without capacity in discussions about whether the decision to be made is in the person’s best interest
  • Provide information to those making the decision to enable them to work out what is in the person’s best interest
  • Raise questions or challenge decisions which appear not to be in the person’s best interest

IMCAs may also be involved in other decisions for example care reviews or issues around safeguarding adults even when there are family are available to consult.

IMCAs can also be appointed by the Supervisory Body where a person is subject to, or being assessed under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Accessing an IMCA

To make a request for an IMCA contact: 01924 454875 (available Monday-Friday at 9am – 5pm) or fax 0844 247 4282

Alternatively email imca@cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk

Useful information

Making decisions The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service