Independent Mental Capacity Advocates | Mental Health Advocates | Oldham Council

1. Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

Oldham IMCA services

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 created a new service, the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service.

The aim of the IMCA service is to provide independent safeguards for people who lack capacity and have no one else (other than paid staff) to support or represent them or be consulted with to make important decisions about either:

  • Serious medical treatment
  • Long term move (a stay in a care home of more than 8 weeks or a stay in a hospital for more than 28 days)

An IMCA may also be considered for decisions regarding:

  • A review of care or accommodation
  • Safeguarding Adult proceedings – where the person is a victim or alleged perpetrator, regardless of family or friend involvement

What does the Oldham IMCA service do?

  • Support and represent the person in the decision making process
  • Try to work out what the person would choose if they were able to make the decision themselves
  • Speak up for a person in talks and meetings where decisions are being made
  • Consult with others in the person’s life including medical staff
  • Look at alternative course of action (least restrictive option)
  • Ensure the decision complies with the MCA and it is in the persons best interest
  • Prepare a report (decision maker has a legal duty to consider this)
  • Challenge the decision (including capacity) if necessary

The Oldham IMCA service is delivered by VoiceAbility.

To make a referral please go to voiceability.org/oldham

You can also request a referral form by emailing helpline@voiceability.org

If you have questions about eligibility or advocacy types, contact us.

Freephone: 0300 303 1660
Email: helpline@voiceability.org
Website: voiceability.org