Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) support people who have been assessed as lacking capacity to make a specific decision.
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.
Support from an IMCA is free to access and independent from health and care services.
An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate will support you by:
- 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
Find out more about Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy or make a referral by following the links below.