What is an IMCA

Mental Capacity Act

Instruction (Referral) Procedures

IMCA Instruction (Referral) form

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Instruction (Referral) Form

Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice

Eligibility Criteria

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Information

Department of Health Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Draft addendum to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice

Evaluation form.

Contact Information

















Decision makers checklist

Before making a referral for an IMCA, the following questions will be useful


  • Does the person have a condition which is affecting their ability to make decisions?


  • Is the person facing a decision about serious medical treatment or a change of accommodation?


  • or are there


  • decisions relating to Adult Protection Proceedings


  • a care/accommodation review where it is felt that the person would benefit from IMCA?


  • Is the person 16 years or older?


  • Does the person lack capacity to make the particular decision?


  • Is there nobody (other than paid workers) whom the decision-maker considers are willing and able to be consulted about the decision?


  • Is there family or friends available who it is felt are not appropriate to consult with? (Please refer to sections 10.74-79 of the MCA Code of Practice)



If you would like to discuss whether a person is eligible for the IMCA service please contact on:

01656 649557 or 01656 651450

e-mail: imca@imcawales.org or imca@mhmwales.org


IMCA Wales is part of the Mental Health Matters Wales group, a registered charity (1123842) and a Company limited by guarantee (6468412)

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