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IMHA initiative rated ‘Outstanding Practice’ by CQC

Friday, April 27th, 2018

An initiative led by Mind in Salford’s Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) team has been recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who praised a Mental Health Trust’s engagement with the service as an example of ‘Outstanding Practice’.

Support for the initiative was espoused in last month’s inspection report of Prestwich Site which is one of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s inpatient mental health units.

The report summarised that overall, “staff cared for patients with compassion; feedback from patients confirmed that staff treated them well and with kindness; and staff involved patients and those close to them in decisions about their care and treatment”, resulting in most services being rated as ‘Good’.

Services in the Substance Misuse and Child and Adolescent wards however, received ‘Outstanding Practice’ commendations, for their innovative approach to service planning and provision.

Mind in Salford’s IMHA Service contributed substantially to the commendation.  Charlotte Gaskell, Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) for the Young People at the Junction 17 Unit, established an advocacy working group with another advocacy provider to address collective themes common to clients of both services. The initiative enables greater collaboration between Prestwich Site advocacy providers by working directly with senior leadership teams, and meeting quarterly to assess the impact of individual policies on younger patients.

Not only has this personalised approach been highly regarded by the CQC for its attentiveness to young patients, but also for its success in stimulating communication with Advocacy agencies, particularly as poor communication has been highlighted as a shortcoming of some NHS services in recent years.

In response to the rating, Mind in Salford said, “We are extremely proud of the work of our advocates, who work tirelessly to represent the views and secure the rights of their clients. We are committed to providing advocacy services for patients across Prestwich and Salford, and are extremely pleased that GM Mental Health Trust and the CQC recognise the importance that the role plays in supporting and empowering service users.”

Read the full inspection report here.

Mind in Salford Advocacy Hub Grows

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Logo Advocacy HubWe are pleased to announce that as of April 1st 2016 our Salford Advocacy Hub will be expanded to cover IMCA and NHS complaints advocacy in Salford as well as our existing advocacy services.

After an in-depth tender process, we were the successful bidder for the contract for the new enlarged Salford Advocacy Hub, joint funded by Salford CCG and Salford City Council.

Our new, expanded Salford Advocacy Hub will provide

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) – supporting people without capacity in care planning and review, safeguarding including DOLS and when serious medical treatment is considered
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA) – supporting people with difficulties engaging through care planning and review and safeguarding processes
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) – supporting people to understand their rights and get their view across in Meadowbrook and Woodlands hospitals and on CTOs in the community
  • Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy (ICA) – supporting people to address complaints with NHS funded services
  • Community Advocacy (Non-Statutory) – supporting people to express their views, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain appropriate services in a variety of circumstances, for
    1. people with mental health problems,
    2. people with physical disabilities,
    3. people with sensory impairments,
    4. people with learning disabilities,
    5. people with an autism spectrum condition, and
    6. people over 60

IMHA Vacancy – Position now filled

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Applications for this position are now closed

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.

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Application-Form

Please direct enquiries to amber@mindinsalford.org.uk

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