The aim of the course is to support the development of the practical skills and knowledge required to provide statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) as detailed within the Mental Health Act. The Mental Health’s act creation of the role of Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) requires advocates to understand how Mental Health Legislation affects patients who meet the qualifying criteria for this service, and how to respond to such referrals.
IMHA Course Outline
- An overview of the Mental Health Act 1983 (+ 2007 amendments)
- Key definitions in the Mental Health Act
- The Disempowerment Process
- Other Key elements of the Mental Health Act 1983
- Other legislation relevant to the IMHA’s role
- An introduction to the role of the IMHA
- Policies and procedures of the IMHA service
- IMHA’s Rights and Duties
- Working with qualifying patients who lack capacity and IMCA
- Non-instructed Advocacy
- An IMHA’s role with Children and Young people.
- Confidentiality, Disclosure and Information sharing
- Safe working
- Working with patients with Diverse needs.
- Principles and skills for effective IMHA practice
- Practice dilemmas and challenges
- The role of the Tribunal
- Working with professionals and other agencies