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Job Title: Independent Mental Health Advocate
Contract Length: Fixed Term (until end March 2015, with possible extension)
Hours: 14 hours (2 set days, during normal working hours Monday – Friday, additional hours/days possible)
Pay: 20-25k pro rata (dependent on quaifications and experience)
Line Manager: Advocacy Manager
Locations: Edenfield Centre, GMW Mental Health NHS Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich M25 3BL
Our independent advocacy service provides IMHA services for Greater Manchester West medium and low secure, stepdown and tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and we need a new advocate to help provide advocacy in the medium secure services.
The service provides a free, independent and impartial comprehensive advocacy service in line with the Mental Health Act.
A good knowledge of IMHA requirements is necessary, though the advocate will receive internal training and support from our experienced team. Previous advocacy experience is a must, and advocacy and IMHA qualifications would be a strong advantage.
The advocate will typically meet people in person on hospital wards, with duties including
• Briefing patients on their rights under the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act and related legislation
• Supporting and if necessary representing clients in a variety of meetings and situations and working towards developing self advocacy
As part of the team, the advocate will help promote the integration of independent rights-based support within mental health services, including criminal justice and social care.
Please note a full DBS check is required.
Please direct enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note we are also looking for sessional advocates to work in the community and IMHA settings to cover leave and busy periods, and currently have demand. Session Advocate Required