The Right to Be Heard: Independent Mental Health Advocacy for People Detained under the Mental Health Act

Wednesday 24 October 2012, 2.00PM to 4.15pm

Speaker(s): Stephanie de la Haye, Karen Newbigging and Dr Julie Ridley, University of Central Lancashire

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) services were introduced by the MH Act 2007 tosafeguard the rights of people detained under the MH Act 1983 and to enablethem to exercise their rights through supporting participation indecision-making. Primary Care Trusts (PCTs)have been responsible since 2009 for commissioning IMHA services but thisresponsibility will pass toLocal Authorities in 2013. However, there has beenrelatively little research on mental health advocacy to guide eithercommissioners or providers of IMHA services on what constitutes high qualityprovision.

This seminar will discuss the findings from the first large scale study of IMHAservices in England:  commissioned by theDepartment of Health to ascertain the extent to which IMHA services in Englandare providing accessible, effective and appropriate support for the diversityof qualifying patients, and to better understand the factors that influencethis.  This research involved nearly 300 people, including over 100 people whoqualified for IMHA services as well as mental health professionals, commissioners and IMHAs. It was undertaken by a team of academics andservice user researchers.

Location: University of York

Admission: See flyer for details


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