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What does a DoLS IMCA do?
A DoLS IMCA will help the person and their representative (if they have one) to understand:
- Why they meet the criteria for authorisation of deprivation of liberty.
- Any conditions to which the authorisation is subject and how long it will last.
- The effects of the authorisation and what it means.
- Their right to request a review.
- Their right to make an application to the Court of Protection to seek variation or termination of the authorisation.
A DoLS IMCA will not tell anyone information about you without your consent, unless breach of law or danger to life is involved. Find out more about our confidentiality policy.
We also provide a representative service to support people deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The main role of a representative is to:
- Maintain regular contact with the person being deprived of their liberty.
- To represent and support that person in all matters relating to their deprivation of liberty including requesting a review, making a complaint or making an application to the Court Of Protection.
- Provide support that is independent of service commissioners and service providers.
- Ensure the person is involved as far as possible in any decisions and their wishes represented.
How to refer a patient to DoLS IMCA
Referrals are usually made by health and social care staff.
seAp recognises the need to provide a rapid response to referrals in order to avoid unnecessary delays to the decisions which need to be made and will respond to all referrals as quickly as possible.