Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

The Bristol Mind IMCA service provides an independent advocate to support and represent people facing certain significant decisions. These decisions will normally relate to long-term accommodation moves or serious medical treatment.

In certain circumstances, IMCA advocates may also represent and support people subject to care reviews or involved in adult protection proceedings.

Under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act local authorities or NHS bodies must instruct an IMCA when the person concerned:

  • has been assessed as lacking capacity to make this specific decisions for themselves, and
  • has no one other than paid staff to represent them

Further information

Bristol Mind IMCA leaflet (pdf)

Bristol Mind IMCA referral form (pdf)

Contact us

If you have any questions about IMCA services in Bristol please contact Kim Lees or Kay Francksen:
Telephone: 0117 980 0371
Fax No: 0117 927 6587
Email: imca@bristolmind.org.uk

Please note, for IMCA services in South Gloucestershire please contact Gary Underhill at the Care Forum on 0117 958 9304 and for services in North Somerset please contact Simon Gourlay at the Friend Community Mental Health RC on 01934 622 292