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Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy

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Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) support people who have been assessed as lacking capacity to make a specific decision

Available in Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough areas.

If a person does not have family or friends appropriate to consult and lacks capacity, an IMCA can help. They will work to ensure that you are fully represented in the decision making process. 

What can an Independent Metal Capacity Advocate support you with?

  • Gathering your past and present feelings, wishes, values and beliefs
  • Asking for second opinions on your behalf
  • Reviewing information that is relevant to the decision
  • Reviewing health and social care records
  • Consulting with people who know you well
  • Writing a report for the professional making the decision on your behalf
  • Representing you during the best interests process
  • Challenging the decision if we believe it was not made in your best interest

Support from an IMCA is free to access and independent from health and care service.

Find out more.

Download our easy to follow Good To Know guide to find out about:

  • Eligibility 
  • How to access Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
  • The role of an IMCA

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