The IMHA service provides independent advocacy for patients detained under the Mental Health Act.
IMHAs support people to understand their rights under the Mental Health Act and we support people to participate in decisions around their care and treatment. IMHAs support people to speak up and say what they want and need.
An IMHA is an independent advocate who is trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act 1983 to support people to understand their rights under the Act and participate in decisions about their care and treatment.
Advocates can meet with people in private. The advocate can visit and talk to anyone who is professionally concerned with their medical treatment, and see any records relating to their detention, treatment or aftercare.
The IMHA service can support people to take part as much as people want in decisions about their care and treatment. Our service can help people obtain and understand information about their rights. We can come with people to reviews and care planning meetings to help people put their views across.
The service is confidential, we do not discuss their situation with anyone outside of The Advonet Group without their permission. However, if someone told us of a serious risk of harm to themselves or others, we might have to tell someone. We would always try to discuss this with the person first.