Write to us:
Mount Pleasant House, Cambridge, CB3 0RN / 27 London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AN
Call us: 0300 222 5704 (Helpline)
Fax us: 0208 330 6622
Text us: 07860 018481
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
Who should be referred to the IMCA service?
The local authority/NHS decision maker MUST refer you if you have no ‘appropriate’ family and friends if you lack capacity to make a decision about either:
- Serious medical treatment
- Long term moves (more the 28 days in hospital/8 weeks in a care home)
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The local authority/NHS decision maker MAY refer you if you lack capacity to make a decision about either
- Care review - with no ‘appropriate’ family or friends
- Safeguarding referral - victim or alleged perpetrator, regardless of family and friends
How do you know if someone lacks capacity?
You may be assessed as lacking the ability to make a decision, and needing an IMCA, if you cannot do one or more of the following:
- Understand information given to you about the decision.
- Retain the information for long enough to make the decision.
- Use or weigh up the information as part of the decision making process.
- Communicate your decision (by any means, e.g. talking, sign language or blinking).
The assessment must be specific to the decision which needs to be made, for example your medical treatment, not a generic test of capacity. Whether and how such assessments are recorded may vary according to the seriousness of the decision made.
How to Refer
If you are not sure whether an IMCA is relevant or not, call our referral line at the top of the page and we can talk you through the situation and advise you of the best route forward.
Referrals can be made by authorised staff in the local authority or the NHS to the IMCA service by answering some key questions about your capacity.
Alternatively, you can download our referral form from our IMCA page
We also provide Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) services. You can find out more about DoLS on our IMCA page.
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