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What is Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy?

An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) helps people who lack capacity so that they can be involved in decisions that are being made on their behalf.

It is for people who have been assessed as lacking the mental capacity to make a decision for themselves and:

  • Certain decisions are being made for them in their best interests, and
  • They have no one who it is appropriate to consult with regarding the decision.

The decision being made must be regarding:

  • Serious medical treatment
  • Change of accommodation
  • Adult Safeguarding Procedures (where the alleged perpetrator lacks capacity)
  • Care Reviews

We also work with people subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).


Who is this service for?
Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) help people who have been deemed to lack the capacity to make decisions.

Who can access it?
Qualifying individuals at the time the decision needs to be made, must be aged 16 and over, either a resident, permanent or temporary, in Manchester or a patient in a Manchester hospital.

Referrals need to be made by the NHS or local authority.

IMCA Easy Read
IMCA Leaflet
IMCA Guidance

Make a referral

Gaddum also provides IMCADoLS and Paid Relevant Person’s Representative services to residents of Manchester.

Referrals can be made via Egress/Switch on or password protected and sent to the same email address.

How to refer

Referrals have to be made by a professional such as a doctor or social worker.