health advocacy qualification launched
by Angela Hussain
A national mental
health advocacy qualification is to be launched by the government.
"independent mental health advocates" (IMHAs) will support
detained patients who, under new mental health law, are entitled
to independent support and advice on their rights.
a community treatment order will also be entitled to an IMHA.
service, part of the new Mental Health Act which came into force
in November last year, is already available in Wales.
qualification will include four core modules on generic advocacy,
and several specialist modules, including an IMHA module.
included in the government's publication last month of commissioning
guidelines on IMHAs for primary care trusts.
* See Department
of Health guidelines
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