IMCA involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews

Closing and deregistering services

Closing services

People living in a service due to close may require an IMCA to be instructed for accommodation decisions. The responsible local authority or NHS trust should instruct IMCAs as soon as it becomes clear that a service may be closed, regardless of how long the closure may take. This is to allow early representation by an IMCA who may, based on their understanding of the person's needs and wishes, decide to:

Deregistering services

The Code of Practice says that IMCAs should be instructed where a person may remain living in accommodation which is deregistering as a care home (10.54). When this happens the options that need to be considered are:

The IMCA will focus on the following implications for the person if the home deregisters: