This service supports people who have been deemed to lack capacity, to ensure that decisions are taken appropriately when they have no family or friends.
These people are known as ‘unbefriended’. Local Authorities and NHS Bodies have a legal duty to instruct an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate’s (IMCA) when making the following decisions for a person:
- Serious Medical Treatment
- The Local Authority is proposing to arrange accommodation for someone for longer than 8 weeks
- The NHS is proposing to arrange accommodation for someone for longer than 28 days.
IMCA’s may also act during:
- Care Reviews
- Adult Protection Cases (even if the person has family or friends).