IMCA services

Mr D Edwards made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Dear Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council,

My request is for information relating to the appointment of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Specifically, I would like to request the following information:

i. Does the authority have a contract with any provider(s) for the provision of IMCA services? If so, who? If the authority has contracted with more than one provider since the coming into force of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, it would be helpful to have a full list (i.e. including providers with whom the authority no longer contracts).

ii. Was the contract for provision of IMCA services the subject of public tendering or advertisement? If so, can I have a copy of the advert / invitation to tender?

iii. To the extent that it is disclosable under the FOIA, can I have a copy of the authority’s contract with provider(s) of IMCA services?

iv. Over the last two years, how many referrals has the local authority made to the IMCA provider(s)?

v. If possible, can I have a breakdown of those referrals into the categories identified by the Mental Capacity Act as being decisions in relation to which an IMCA should or may be instructed (i.e. serious medical treatment; change of residence; care review; adult protection case; deprivation of liberty)?

vi. If a standard form is used for making a referral to the IMCA service, can I have a copy of that form?

vii. If the authority has produced any guidance or statement of internal policy or procedure (beyond the MCA Code of Practice and DOLS Code of Practice) as to the circumstances in which an IMCA referral must or may be made, can I have a copy of it?

viii. How many (if any) of the referrals made to the IMCA service within the last two years have been refused by that service (i.e. no IMCA has been allocated); and on what grounds have they been refused?

ix. How many (if any) of the cases in which referrals were made to the IMCA service within the last two years have progressed to proceedings in the Court of Protection? If possible, could I have a breakdown by the nature of the application to the Court (i.e. s.21A Mental Capacity Act; health and welfare decision; financial decision).

x. On how many (if any) occasions within the last two years have IMCAs appointed by the authority made applications to the Court of Protection in relation to decisions made by the authority? If available, it would be helpful to know, in broad terms, what the outcome of those applications has been.

If need be, please do feel free to break the request down and to treat it as more than one request.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Edwards

H and F In Touch, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Our reference: 585644
 
 
Dear Mr. Edwards 
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 9 August
2013.  Your request has been summarised as follows:
 
My request is for information relating to the appointment of Independent
Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Specifically, I would like to request the following information:

i. Does the authority have a contract with any provider(s) for the
provision of IMCA services? If so, who? If the authority has contracted
with more than one provider since the coming into force of the Mental
Capacity Act 2005, it would be helpful to have a full list (i.e. including
providers with whom the authority no longer contracts).

ii. Was the contract for provision of IMCA services the subject of public
tendering or advertisement? If so, can I have a copy of the advert /
invitation to tender?

iii. To the extent that it is disclosable under the FOIA, can I have a
copy of the authority’s contract with provider(s) of IMCA services?

iv. Over the last two years, how many referrals has the local authority
made to the IMCA provider(s)?

v. If possible, can I have a breakdown of those referrals into the
categories identified by the Mental Capacity Act as being decisions in
relation to which an IMCA should or may be instructed (i.e. serious
medical treatment; change of residence; care review; adult protection
case; deprivation of liberty)?

vi. If a standard form is used for making a referral to the IMCA service,
can I have a copy of that form?

vii. If the authority has produced any guidance or statement of internal
policy or procedure (beyond the MCA Code of Practice and DOLS Code of
Practice) as to the circumstances in which an IMCA referral must or may be
made, can I have a copy of it?

viii. How many (if any) of the referrals made to the IMCA service within
the last two years have been refused by that service (i.e. no IMCA has
been allocated); and on what grounds have they been refused?

ix. How many (if any) of the cases in which referrals were made to the
IMCA service within the last two years have progressed to proceedings in
the Court of Protection? If possible, could I have a breakdown by the
nature of the application to the Court (i.e. s.21A Mental Capacity Act;
health and welfare decision; financial decision).

x. On how many (if any) occasions within the last two years have IMCAs
appointed by the authority made applications to the Court of Protection in
relation to decisions made by the authority? If available, it would be
helpful to know, in broad terms, what the outcome of those applications
has been.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 9 September 2013 - this is 20 working
days from the date of receipt.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
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Yours sincerely
 
 
h&f InTouch team
 

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Hayden Glassey, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Information request
Our reference: 585644
 
 
Dear Mr. Edwards
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 9 August 2013.
 
Please find attached a letter updating you on our progress in responding
to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Hayden Glassey
Senior Investigations and Information Officer

Hayden Glassey, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

6 Atodiad

Our reference:  585644
 
Dear Mr. Edwards
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 9 August 2013.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Hayden Glassey
Senior Investigations and Information Officer