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Uproar over missing links

Author:
SHEPARD Stuart
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 28.08.08, 2008, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Most changes brought in under the Mental Health Act 2007 start taking affect in November. However the section ensuring the rights of detained patients to independent mental health advocacy services will not be introduced until April 2009.  The author reports on campaigners frustration by the delay.

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

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
17
Place of publication:
London

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. (Edited publisher abstract)

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

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
3
Place of publication:
London

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. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Understanding Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) for mental health staff

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
5
Place of publication:
London

This briefing describes the role of Independent Mental Health Advocacy, who is eligible, and what mental health staff can do to support people who use services to access IMHA support. Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is a statutory right for people who have been detained under most sections of the Mental Health Act or who are on a community treatment order (CTO). This information will help to ensure people’s rights are respected when they are sectioned under the Mental Health Act. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Using independent mental health advocates

Authors:
FLEISCHMANN Pete, et al
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 111(45), 2015, pp.22-24.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

This article explores what independent mental health advocacy is, the role of independent mental health advocates and how nursing staff can promote the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 to access these services. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Getting to know you: reflections on a specialist independent mental health advocacy service for Bexley and Bromley residents in forensic settings

Authors:
PALMER David, et al
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Review Journal, 17(1), 2012, pp.5-13.
Publisher:
Emerald

From April 2009, statutory access to an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) has been available to patients subject to certain aspects of the Mental Health Act 1983. IMHAs exist to help and support patients to understand and exercise their legal rights. The aim of this paper is to discuss an audit evaluation of a specialist independent mental health advocacy service provided by Mind based in the London Borough of Bexley. The audit included qualitative interviews with 10 long-term in-patient residents in 2 specialist forensic mental health and challenging behaviour units. The data collected were analysed using thematic content analysis. The findings are considered under the headings: developing trust; diversity; and wellbeing. They indicate that the service's approach, which combines formal advocacy methods with a proactive ethos, had a positive impact on engagement. The importance of trust in the relationships between advocates and service users was highlighted by the study. The audit also indicates a significant increase in self-reported wellbeing, self-efficacy and empowerment for participants.

Journal article

Vision and reality

Author:
VIGE Marcel
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 160, November 2009, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
MIND

Independent mental health advocacy and the need for it to better address the needs of black and minority ethnic services users is discussed.

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Improving access to Independent Mental Health Advocacy for providers of mental health services

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
5
Place of publication:
London

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. (Edited publisher abstract)

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What does a good IMHA service look like?

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
21
Place of publication:
London

A self-assessment tool which enables IMHA providers to self-assess their service within a clear quality framework and help them understand what a good IMHA service looks like. The tool lists ten indicators with suggested evidence sources for self-assessment. The quality indicators covered are: values, independence, role clarity, co-production, relationships to other forms of advocacy provision, staffing, equality and diversity, accessibility of the service, relationship with mental health services, and monitoring and self-evaluation. A third column allows IMHA providers to rate themselves using red, amber and green traffic lights. Providers can then summarises their key strengths and areas for development. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Making a difference: measuring the impact of independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2015
Place of publication:
London

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. (Edited publisher abstract)

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