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

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.