Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

The IMCA service supports people who have no one appropriate to consult, and lack capacity to make a decision about:

What does an IMCA do?

The IMCA will support the person and represent them in the decision making process, including

The IMCA’s report must be taken into account by the decision maker before they make the decision.

An IMCA does not

An IMCA has the right to

The IMCA service is free, confidential and independent.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

An IMCA may support someone subject to a Deprivation of Liberty.

A person is deprived of their liberty when they

A person is still deprived of their liberty if

Who can make a referral

The decision maker must decide if the person meets the criteria for an IMCA and make the referral.

We can take referrals from other professionals, who will need to provide the details of the decision maker.

How to make a referral

Please send a completed referral form to

Contact Info

Bolton Advocacy Hub
Flexspace Bolton
Manchester Rd
01204 543 930

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