SWAN IMCA service represents and supports individuals in West Berkshire who meet all the following criteria:
The person referred has no appropriate family or friends to represent them and the referrer believes that they lack the capacity, decision specific, concerning:
a. Serious medical treatment OR
b. Long term accommodation moves (more than 28 days in hospital/8 weeks in a care home) OR
c. Care reviews OR
d. Safeguarding measures within an adult protection case even where there are family or friends to consult with.
NB: SWAN can only accept a referral if the person needing an advocate has given their consent. If you believe they do not have the capacity to consent, please give brief details on the ‘additional information’ section of this form.
The client must be a resident in West Berkshire at the time of the referral. We can only accept a referral if the person needing an advocate has given their consent. If the referrer believes they do not have the capacity to consent, they must give brief details on the ‘additional information’ section of the referral form.
The client must:
• have been assessed as having substantial difficulty in being involved in the process and
• not have anyone other than paid staff willing or appropriate to support them
A referral may also be made where there is disagreement between the local authority and the appropriate person whose role it would be to facilitate the individual’s involvement, and there is agreement that the involvement of an independent advocate would be beneficial to the individual.