Independent Mental Health Advocate Services Short Course

Independent Mental Health Advocate Services Short Course

The workshop aims to develop and update participants’ knowledge and skills whilst ensuring that continuing professional and personal development needs are met.’

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:


Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Full Day


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

Friday 11th March 2016 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Entry Requirements:

Are you a mental health practitioner or an AMHP? Do you want to be a leading practitioner in your field? What do you know about advocacy and your responsibility to ensure ‘qualifying patients’ (including those on Community Treatment Orders) are aware of and can access Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services? To keep up to date, why not come along to this one day interactive and thought provoking training event and we will provide participants with the latest research and knowledge about the role and value of IMHA services, including practitioners’ role and duties under the Mental Health Act 2007.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This interactive workshop run by internationally renowned peer and academic researchers from UCLan will draw on their national research for the Department of Health; as well as the recent work with SCIE to produce 12 resources for service users, staff and commissioners; and their recent book – Independent Mental Health Advocacy. The Right to be Heard: context, Values and Good Practice (2015). It will help practitioners ensure they keep their skills and knowledge up to date for CPD, and are able to effectively discharge their duties under the Mental Health Act 2007.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

Dr Julie Ridley can be contacted by telephone (01772) 893402 or email

This workshop will be led by Dr Julie Ridley (Reader in Applied Social Sciences in the School of Social Work), Laura Able (peer researcher and trainer), Steph de la Haye (peer researcher and trainer) and Mick McKeown (Reader in Democratic Mental Health).

The presenters were part of the national research team who conducted the research for Department of Health, and have delivered several presentations on the findings to international audiences. Julie recently led the IMHA Implementation Project for UCLan in partnership with SCIE, which aimed to turn the research findings into practical resources.

They are co-authors of a recently published book by Jessica Kingsley which provides an overview of independent advocacy in relation to Mental Health law, the role and responsibilities of IMHA, the knowledge, skills and values required for effective practice, the relationship with services, commissioning quality IMHA services and how to address inequities in access.

Learning outcome & aims

The workshop will provide an interactive opportunity to consider research evidence and up-to-date resources and tools that can help participants uphold service users’ human rights and support them in their recovery journey. It will be a chance to discuss what gets in the way of, and what supports, best practice, and to work on a personal action plan to improve and deliver best practice.

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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How to Apply

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