Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
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.