Professionals and Practitioners

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service

The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service is central to the working of the Mental Capacity Act. Advocates work with someone who lacks capacity to make certain important decisions, and has no one else who can be consulted, to try and establish their wishes

Hampshire’s IMCA service

The IMCA service in Hampshire is provided by Solent Mind.

Dedicated information and a faxable referral form for the IMCA service can be found on the Solent Mind website

They can be contacted at:

  • 28 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XN
    Tel: 023 8020 8955 for IMCA enquiries

Other local IMCA services

SEAP – South of England Advocacy Projects

Choices Advocacy

Isle of Wight
Solent MIND

54 Henstead Road, Southampton SO15 2DD
023 8033 4977

West Surrey – Just Advocacy

Dunedin House, 2 The Mews, Wharf Street,  Godalming, Surrey GU7 1NN
01483 527759

West Sussex
Advocacy Partners

McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8RH
020 8330 6644

West Berkshire
SEAP – South of England Advocacy Projects (interim until 16 April)

Dorset Advocacy

3 Princes Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TP
01305 251033

Which IMCA service to use

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