The Mental Capacity Act says that people who are aged over 16 and who lack capacity to make certain decisions should have an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) appointed to represent them and protect their interests.

An advocate will be appointed where a person lacks capacity and has no family or friends who can be consulted about the decision.

The decisions involved include:

• Serious medical treatment
• Change of accommodation
• Adult Safeguarding Procedures
• Care Reviews
• Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

IMCA’s are independent, qualified and work within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act.

Click here for IMCA guidelines
Click here for an IMCA referral form
Click here for IMCA easy read information
Click here for IMCA information
Click here for DoLS information



Success Stories

Here is a recent IMCA success story.

* Personal details have been changed to maintain confidentiality

Click here for Carol’s Success Story