Legal terminology can often be confusing and hard to understand. In this blog, we explain some of the key terms and roles related to the…
Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) is a statutory role under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) that supports a person who lacks capacity to express their wishes around a particular decision.
A Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) is an advocate assigned to a person who is under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). They are assigned by the Supervisory Authority to ensure the individual’s voice is upheld and supported while deprivations are in place. This includes the responsibility to raise a review and then a challenge if the relevant person is objecting to their care, treatment and/or placement.
In the seventh part of our reflective blog series, we look at some of the new statutory roles introduced within the MCA Code of Practice.