A suite of 12 resources which includes short films, reports, at a glance summaries and tools on Independent Mental Health Advocacy. The resources aim to raise awareness and understanding of the IMHA role amongst service users and mental health staff; improve access IMHA, help providing an understand what a good service looks like, and how outcomes can be measured. The resources have been produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence in partnership with The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy resources and services
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Understanding Independent Mental Health Advocacy for mental health staff is about the role of IMHA, who is eligible, and how to support people who used services to access IMHA.
Understanding Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) for people who use mental health services including carers. Briefing defines IMHA, who can use it and what it does. People detained under the Mental Health Act can use it.
This accessible five minute film focusses on mental health staff’s legal responsibilities to refer people for Independent mental health advocacy, how they can support advocates and the benefits for staff.
This accessible seven minute film summarises the issues around ensuring that everyone has access to IMHA services. Primarily aimed at independent mental health advocacy providers the film explains how they can ensure that their service provides equality of access to all service users.
This accessible five minute film provides a simple but authoritative overview of qualifying patients’ right to independent mental health advocacy. It also covers how advocates can help and what the benefits are for people who use services.
This self-assessment tool has been created to help IMHA providers and commissioners understand what a good IMHA service looks like. It enables IMHA providers to self-assess their service within a clear quality framework.
This report looks at the difference that Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services can make to the lives of people subject to compulsion under the Mental Health Act 1983.
This summary of how to implement an open access process for Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services should be considered in conjunction with the Improving Open Access to IMHA flowchart.
This briefing aims to support local authority and health service commissioners to commission good quality IMHA services in the light of recent changes to commissioning arrangements. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, responsibility for commissioning IMHA moved to local authorities.
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