The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA).
IMCAs are an independent safeguard for people who lack the capacity,
and who do not have family or friends appropriate to support them, to make specific important decisions about:
• Serious medical treatment
• Change of accommodation
• Care reviews
• In adult protection cases, an IMCA may be appointed even where family members or others are available to be consulted. (Safeguarding)
The IMCA role is to support and represent the person in the decision-making process.
IMCA’s make sure that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is being followed.