IMCA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy)

We provide Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMCA) services, including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) IMCA in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland.

What is IMCA?

IMCA is a specialist advocacy service which provides a vital safeguard for adults when they lack capacity to make some important decisions.

You can get more information about IMCA here at the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

How to get an IMCA or DoLS IMCA?

A ‘decision maker’ from the NHS or Council must refer people for support from an IMCA where they decide that person meets the legal criteria.  The decision maker is someone like a doctor or social worker.

You can contact us on 0191 281 8737 or email

All referrals for Hartlepool go through Hartlepool Borough Council.

All referrals for Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton must go through Tees Hub Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).


QPM Award for Skills for People Feb 2019 - Jan 2022Skills for People is an independent charity. Our advocates are independent, they are not a member of the health or social care team which support you, and they play no part in your treatment and care.

We have been been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).

We work to the principles of the Advocacy Charter.

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