IMCA involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews
Access to records
IMCAs have the power to access and take copies of relevant records (MCA, Section 35(6)). This covers:
- any health record (including those held by GPs, dentists and hospitals)
- any record of, or held by, a local authority and compiled in connection with a social services function (including care assessments, eligibility decisions, care plans and safeguarding adults records)
- any record held by a person registered under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (this includes residential and domiciliary care providers, adult placement schemes, private and voluntary healthcare providers; records could cover care plans, assessments, daily logs and shift plans).
It is for the body holding the record to decide whether a particular record is relevant to the IMCA's role.