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In most situations, people who lack capacity will have a network of support from family members or friends who take an interest in their welfare, or from a court appointed deputy or an attorney appointed under a Lasting Power of Attorney (see Court Appointed Deputies and Lasting Power of Attorney). However, some people who lack capacity may have no one to support them with major, potentially life-changing decisions, so the Act creates the role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) to represent and support them.
An IMCA is a specific type of statutory advocate who will only have to be involved if there are no family or friends who can be consulted. It is a legal requirement to refer to the IMCA if the person meets the criteria in this section. An IMCA will not be the decision-maker, but the decision-maker will have a duty to take into account the information given by the IMCA.
An IMCA must be involved if:
An IMCA can also be involved if it is thought to be in the person’s best interests in the following two situations:
There is a useful flowchart and presentation about the links between Care Act and Independent Mental Capacity advocates in the Resources section
An IMCA does not have to be involved if treatment is to be given under the Mental Health Act 1983/2007, or the person concerned is required under that Act to go into the hospital or home in question.
The duties of an IMCA are to:
In certain circumstances decision-makers in the NHS and local authorities must instruct IMCAs before making decisions (except in emergency situations). In Coventry the IMCA service is provided by Voiceability.
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