Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) can support and represent people when they lack mental capacity to make certain important decisions.

The role of an IMCA is to help ensure that decisions are reached in the person's best interests, taking into account their views, wishes, beliefs and values.

An IMCA can only be requested by the local authority or an NHS body and only in specific circumstances. These are:

  • An NHS body is proposing to provide serious medical treatment
  • An NHS body or local authority is proposing to arrange accommodation in hospital or a care home
  • An application for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is being made
  • Care Reviews
  • Safeguarding adults

An IMCA will not usually be needed when someone has family, friends or others who can represent the person, but there will be some exceptions to this.

For more information about IMCA's please go to the Useful Publications pages.

IMCA services in Leeds are provided by Advonet