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Improving equality of access to Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA): a briefing for providers

Part of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

This summary aims to help Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) providers to open up their service to everyone who has the right to use it. Ensuring equalities within IMHA services means reaching all qualifying patients regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, disability, beliefs, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected by the 2010 Equalities Act. It also means taking these characteristics into careful account and developing a service that can understand their impact and meet people's needs in the best possible way.

Improving equality of access to Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA): a report for providers

Part of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

This report aims to help Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services reach everyone who is entitled to their support. It aims to help IMHA providers to achieve the best possible outcomes for all people treated under the Mental Health Act 1983 amended in 2007. Drawing directly on the findings and recommendations of the national review of the quality of IMHA services in England, the report highlights the problem of unequal uptake of IMHA by some groups of ‘qualifying patients' and explores what can be done to change this situation. It highlights the obligations of IMHA services under the Equality Act (2010) and provides concrete suggestions about how to take effective action and improve practice when working with people sharing relevant protected characteristics. It also suggest steps that IMHA providers can take to help them identify, understand, and address the barriers to the full and effective use of their service by everyone who is entitled to access it.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) improving equality of access

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.

Practical approaches to minimising restraint

This video for health and care managers and staff gives two very different fictionalised examples of how good practice in care needs to take account of an individual's human rights.

Mental health transitions: an integrated practice example

This video for mental health managers and staff is about the challenge of improving transition when young people are no longer eligible for services from the child and adolescent mental health team at the age of 16. Hear staff and young people talk about the services.

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