The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Service from 1 April 2007.
This Service is available to people aged 16 or over who:
The role of the IMCA service is to:
An IMCA must be instructed by the decision maker, and then consulted, for people lacking capacity who have no-one else to support them (other than paid staff), whenever:
An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate may be instructed to support a person who lacks capacity when:
The IMCA Service across Derby is provided by the Derbyshire IMCA Service.
Direct Referral line: 01332 380224 - Fax: 01332 293884 - Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Referral forms can be downloaded from Mind - Derbyshire
Factors that would need to be considered to decide whether friends or family could be considered inappropriate to consult are:
Where friends or family are involved they cannot be excluded because they disagree with the proposed course of action - one or more of the above factors would have to apply.
If it’s decided that friends or family are inappropriate to consult, it is the responsibility of the decision maker to record the reason why they have made this decision.