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INDEPENDENT MENTAL CAPACITY ADVOCACY Michelle Starkey Dorset Advocacy.

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2 INDEPENDENT MENTAL CAPACITY ADVOCACY Michelle Starkey Dorset Advocacy

3 IMCA Everything they dont tell you about running an IMCA scheme!

4 HISTORY OF PILOT Pilot scheme for South West Dorset under one PCT Training/information sessions Steering group established Literature designed, produced and issued Referral system agreed and issued Website and database Scheme extended to all of Dorset

5 Referral Criteria Pilot to adopt Statutory provisions but allowed flexibility Lack of Capacity Family/friends Self-funding Power of Attorney Detention under Mental Health Act Reality was that we received a number of referrals that were not appropriate when investigated fully Act is prescriptive and will need to be adhered to carefully

6 Referral Details Pilot anticipated taking on 35 referrals over whole year Exceeded that by at least 40 at beginning of September Frequency of referrals: Dementia Learning disabilities Mental health Acquired brain injury/stroke

7 Issues Professional links Access to medical staff Time to train people Demands of others Turn around time 8 hours per referral Funding Independence from commissioners Accountability Travelling Diagnosis information Politics Stress/support for IMCAs

8 If you are going to do this you need to be: A good listener Patient Supportive Able to think outside the box Able to speak up for the client Determined Have excellent communication skills Good map reader! Negotiator Recognise best interests Independent

9 DORSET ADVOCACY IMCA SERVICE dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

10 Dorset Advocacy IMCA Service Thank you for staying awake! Michelle Starkey


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