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)

Bristol Mind IMCA Referral Form (Word)

Contact us

If you have any questions about IMCA services in Bristol please contact:

Telephone: 0117 980 0371
Fax No: 0117 927 6587

Please note:
The IMCA service for North Somerset is SEAP (Tel. 0300 343 5717)
The IMCA service for South Gloucestershire is SWAN (Tel. 03333 447 928)

If you wish to donate to Bristol Mind, please send electronic payments to Bristol Mind, Account No: 65050011 & Sort Code: 08-92-99
Please include the word “Donation” and your name or your organisation name as a reference.