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
The IMCA service in Hampshire is coordinated by Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group (HARG).
HARG is a network of advocacy schemes which provide experienced advocates to work with people who have:
as well as older people, children and young people in transition. They also work with people who lack capacity through other causes.
There is dedicated information on the HARG website about the IMCA service. They have also produced an IMCA leaflet.
SEAP – South of England Advocacy Projects
Isle of Wight
54 Henstead Road, Southampton SO15 2DD
023 8033 4977
West Surrey – Just Advocacy
Dunedin House, 2 The Mews, Wharf Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1NN
McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8RH
020 8330 6644
SEAP – South of England Advocacy Projects (interim until 16 April)
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.