An IMCA is someone appointed to support and represent a person who lacks capacity who is also faced with certain decisions about:
- where the person lives
- Serious Medical treatment
- Long Term Care Moves
- Deprivation of Liberty
The person could be deemed to lack capacity because of dementia, a brain injury, a learning disability or mental health needs. The IMCA can also become involved if a person has been abused or neglected, or is accused of abusing someone else. The IMCA can also help with care reviews in certain cases.
The IMCA will meet with the person and others involved in their care so they can speak up about their wishes, feelings, beliefs and values. They will submit a report to the decision?maker highlighing all of the things that are important about the decision. The IMCA can challenge the decision maker on behalf of the person who can not make their own decisions if this is needed.
There is an IMCA service in every local authority area across England and Wales provided by different organisations. Your Voice Counts provides the IMCA service in Newcastle upon Tyne.