The First Annual Report of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 created the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service as a safeguard for people without the capacity to make certain important decisions. The Act also introduced a legal duty on NHS and social care staff to refer eligible people to the IMCA service. The IMCA service started on 1st April 2007 and this is the report on its first year’s work.