An effective Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) service is one that delivers good outcomes for the person (sometimes called the 'advocacy partner' or 'partner') receiving the advocacy support. This report looks at the difference that IMHA services can make to the lives of people subject to compulsion under the Mental Health Act 1983. It provides service users, IMHA providers, commissioners and mental health services with information to discuss outcomes, what they are, how they will know they have been achieved, what performance indicators can be used to measure the effectiveness of services, and how outcomes can be measured.
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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.
This briefing provides 10 top tips designed to help commissioners to provide good quality Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) services. The tips cover: understanding the role and responsibilities of IMHA; co-production; strategic needs assessment and asset mapping; outcome-based commissioning, quality and cost; meeting diverse needs; engaging with IMHA providers; IMHA and other forms of advocacy; non-instructed advocacy; out of area placements; and links with health service commissioners.
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.
Two very different examples of how good practice in care needs to take account of an individual's human rights.
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. People who are detained under the Mental Health Act can use the services of IMHA. This publication includes what is IMHA, who can use IMHA and what does IMHA do.
Gaining access to an adult suspected to be at risk of neglect or abuse: a guide for social workers and their managers in England
Part of Care Act 2014
The guide has been created to provide information on legal options for gaining access to adults suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect. The safeguarding duties under the Care Act 2014 apply to an adult who: has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs); is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect. The guide is intended as a source of reference in situations of uncertainty, rather than as a learning tool, laying out the potential routes to resolution. Sections of the guide discuss: practical issues and principles in adults safeguarding; the difficulties and duties involved in gaining access; and the legal powers that may be required in gaining access. Links to information on the relevant legislation and case law are included throughout the guide.
Managing the transfer of responsibilities under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: a resource for local authorities and healthcare commissioners commissioners
Changes to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards come into force on 1 April 2013. This resources describes the changes to the identity of the supervisory body in health settings and offers guidance on how local authorities, hospitals, PCTs, and CCGs can work together to ensure that the rights of vulnerable people who may be subject to the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards are protected during and after the transfer.
Part of Mental Capacity Act (MCA)
A short drama in a residential school depicting scenes between a young man with severe learning disabilities, and both his key worker and social worker. The film introduces the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and emphasises the importance of consultation in best interests' decision-making.
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