Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) resources
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced the role of the independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA).
IMCAs are a legal safeguard for people who lack the capacity to make specific important decisions: including making decisions about where they live and about serious medical treatment options. IMCAs are mainly instructed to represent people where there is no one independent of services, such as a family member or friend, who is able to represent the person.
- What do IMCAs do?
- Who should get an IMCA?
- IMCAs and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
- Find an IMCA
- Frequently asked questions
- Information for IMCAs
- Information for doctors about medical decisions
- Information for people who instruct IMCAs
- Information for commissioners
- Information for health and social care staff
- Information for family and friends
MCA and IMCA videos
- Role of the IMCA
The film shows the role of the IMCA – which includes communicating with the person who lacks capacity, consulting others and writing a report. It also shows how important the care worker's knowledge of Mr Robinson, an elderly person with dementia, is for the best interests decision
- Commissioning and monitoring of IMCA services
This good practice guide contains information on issues to consider when reviewing IMCA contracts, a revised example service specification, suggestions for assessing quality, an example engagement protocol and suggested tender requirements.
- IMCA involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews
This guide aims to support the work of local authority and NHS staff who may need to instruct and work with IMCAs in relation to accommodation decisions and care reviews.
- IMCA involvement in safeguarding adults
This good practice guide is primarily aimed at professionals who have responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults and may be involved in safeguarding adults proceedings. It includes information on who can be represented by IMCA, who and when an IMCA can be instructed, sharing and accessing information and resources.
- IMCA and paid relevant person's representative roles
This practice guidance describes the role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) and paid representatives in the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS).