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Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service is a newly-created resource to support the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  The aim of the IMCA service is to provide independent safeguards for people who lack capacity to make certain important decisions and at the time when such decisions need to be made, and have no-one else other than paid staff to support and represent them or be consulted.

 

IMCA provider

The provider of the IMCA service for Bedfordshire is POhWER . 

 

The criteria for referring to the IMCA are:

  • The person lacks capacity, according to a decision-specific test for capacity. There must be a written record of this process.
  • The person without capacity has no friends or family, or where the NHS or Local Authority body deems there is no-one appropriate or practicable to consult with on the decision e.g. family out of the area or limited knowledge of the person requiring support.
  • When the person lacking capacity requires action around ‘serious medical treatment’, which could include providing, withholding or withdrawing treatment such as ECT for non-detained patients, major surgery, chemotherapy, life-sustaining treatment considerations, etc.
  • When the person lacking capacity needs to change residence, where the Local Authority propose to make changes to a person’s residence for more than 8 weeks, or where an NHS body propose to make changes to a person’s residence  for over 28 days.
  • Adult protection issues and care review representation can also be eligible.

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