IMCA stands for Independent Mental Capacity Advocate.
IMCA is a type of advocacy introduced by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 that gives some people who lack capacity a right to receive advocacy support in relation to important decisions about their care.
IMCA services must be provided by organisations that are independent from both NHS organisations and local authorities.
An IMCA’s role is to:
IMCA advocates do not make decisions on behalf of the person they are representing. This is the responsibility of the ‘best interest’s decision maker’ such as the healthcare professional responsible for the procedure or treatment in question.
Access to an IMCA will be arranged through a person’s social worker.
Please note that Dudley Advocacy cannot accept referrals directly from people or their carers. Referrals will only be accepted through the Local Authority Social Care Workforce or member of the Mental Health Trust.
Dudley MBC’s IMCA provider is Dudley Advocacy.