Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

Patient advocacy service for people who lack the capacity to make their own decisions about serious medical treatment and changes of accommodation

The Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) service is central to the working of the Mental Capacity Act. Advocates work with people to establish their wishes, where the person:

  • lacks mental capacity to make their own important decisions
  • has no one else who can be consulted

Hampshire IMCA service

The IMCA service in Hampshire is run by VoiceAbility.

You will find up-to-date referral details on their website.

Which IMCA service to use

The IMCA Service that a user is referred to is based on the location of the user at the time they need the service. This could be the location of the hospital where the person is an inpatient, even where this is temporary and different from where they live. For example, inpatients at St Marys Hospital in Portsmouth will need to be referred to the Portsmouth IMCA service.


Mental Capacity Act: making decisions collection on GOV.UK