Commissioning and monitoring of Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) services

IMCA reports

For all authorised instructions there is a statutory requirement for IMCAs to prepare reports for the person who instructed them. It is also good practice for the IMCA service to confirm in writing when they have stopped working with an individual. The example service specification reinforces the requirement for IMCA reports to be provided, including when instructions are withdrawn or if the individual dies (in the latter situation this is likely to be a short acknowledgement that the IMCA role has ended).

The section on monitoring identifies that an analysis of a sample of IMCA reports is a potential way to monitor the quality of the IMCA service. Action for Advocacy has produced a good practice guide on IMCA instruction: Action for Advocacy (2010). IMCA instruction: report writing guidance.