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Sanford House

Address: Swindon Advocacy Movement,
Sanford House,

Phone: 01793 542 575

For the IMCA &IMHA service
Phone: 01793 616 562
Fax: 01793 423 124

The Shop

Address: Swindon Advocacy Movement,
The Shop,
37 Regent Street,

Phone: 01793 542266

For the IMCA &IMHA service
Phone: 01793 616 562
Fax: 01793 423 124

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Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy is provided under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and is a statutory service.




The role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

The IMCA does not make the decision they will gather information about the person’s wishes, values and circumstances as well as identifying possible alternative courses of action, in order to inform the final decision.

IMCA’s will:

Please click here to download the referral form.

Who may need an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

An IMCA must be instructed by the local authority or NHS for people who lack capacity who have no one other than paid staff to support them to make decisions about:

  • Any Serious Medical Treatment
  • A move to a hospital that would be more than 28 days
  • A move to a care home that would be more than 8 weeks
  • A person’s safety or care which is likely to result in the person being deprived of their liberty
  • A person may also have an IMCA if the local authority or NHS are making decisions about:
  • A care review (if the person has no ‘appropriate family and friends).
  • A Safeguarding concern (whether the person is the victim or alleged perpetrator regardless of whether the person has family or friends)
  • An IMCA will also check if decision makers are applying the principles of the Mental Capacity Act, acting in the person’s best interest and if they are choosing the least restrictive option for the person.


Short Term Independent Advocacy

Community Mental Health Advocacy


Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Independent Care Act Advocacy

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service