Project Manager: Heather Walinets
Operations & Development Manager: Tracy Hudson
Our partners in running this service: Kirklees and Wakefield Councils
Referrals accepted from: People can be referred to the service by staff from Kirklees and Wakefield Councils and their health partners, including:
doctors and nurses providing serious medical treatment
social workers or community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) who are arranging hospital discharges
social workers, CPNs and care managers who are planning long-term moves
social workers and care managers who are undertaking adult abuse safeguarding investigations.
(These people are known as ‘decision-makers’ under the Mental Capacity legislation.)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
About the service
What services do Advocacy Together’s IMCAs offer?
Our IMCAs work with people who lack capacity to make a specific life changing decision for reasons including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, dementia, mental health needs and acquired brain injury. With the exception of Safeguarding referrals, the clients are unbefriended. These decisions concern:
- Serious medical treatment (or the withdrawal of serious medical treatment)
- Accommodation changes that are for more than 28 days in hospital or 8 weeks in non-hospital accommodation
- Care reviews in relation to accommodation arranged by the LA or NHS
- Safeguarding Adults (i.e. for Protection of Vulnerable Adults Investigations (POVA) cases)
- Deprivation of Liberty
- RPR support for people who are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty (when authorised by the Supervisory body)
- Advocacy under the Care Act for people who are already receiving IMCA support.
Who is eligible?
Under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) the following criteria need to be met in order for individuals to be eligible to be appointed an IMCA:
The person must be unbefriended and assessed as lacking capacity to make the specific decision which the IMCA is referred to for, such as:
- Lacks capacity to consent to or withhold consent for a serious medical treatment
- Lacks capacity to choose a place of residence
- Lacks capacity to fully participate in a care review
- Lacks capacity to consent to formal safeguarding measure/s (note clients can be befriended in Safeguarding cases)
Find out more about the work of IMCAs on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website<http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/imca/index.asp>