The majority of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 are eligible, under section 130 of the 2007 Act, to access Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services. However research has shown that less than half of those qualifying for an IMHA appear to be accessing them. This summary and flowchart provide the essential information needed to implement an open access policy. Open access means qualifying patients are automatically referred to IMHA services unless they object. This approach has implications for IMHA service capacity; resourcing; consent and confidentiality. This summary of how to implement an open access process for IMHA services should be considered in conjunction with the Improving Open Access to IMHA flowchart.
Mental health services resources and services
This film shows how social work in an integrated setting can be enhanced by complementing line management supervision with clinical and professional supervision.
Four young people talk about their own transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult services. In the second half of the film, staff and young people in Sheffield discuss how transitions in mental health services are being improved by integrated working in the health and social care trust.
Staff and young people in Sheffield discuss how transitions in mental health services are being improved by integrated working in the health and social care trust. This film is a stand alone version of the second part of Transitions 1.
SCIE Research briefing 41: factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services
The aim of this research briefing is to give people who provide and use social care services an overview of the research evidence for joint and integrated working.
adult mental health (AMH) system; legislation; guidance; structure and delivery of services
A film about a young carer's experience of trying to get the support she needed.
A film about a mother's experience of getting the support she needed for herself and her family.
Guidance on providing effective transitions between child and adult mental health services.
The mental health and wellbeing of children and adults in families where a parent has a mental health problem are closely linked. Not all families need health and social care services. However, those that do often struggle to get accessible and effective support that addresses children’s needs and recognises the parental responsibilities of many adults with mental health problems.