Write to us:
Hollins Park Hospital, Hollins Lane, Winwick, Warrington. WA28WA / Alderley Unit, Soss Moss Hospital, Nether Alderley, Warrington, Macclesfield, SK10 4UJ

Call us: 01925 664445 (Hollins Park) / 01625 862507 (Soss Moss)

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act at Hollins Park and Soss Moss hospitals. 

This page gives information about who can get support from an IMHA, and how an IMHA can support you.

What is an IMHA?

S.Yorks IMHA service - girl looking pensiveIf you are being detained under a Mental Health Section, you are legally entitled to help and support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate.*

Advocates can support you with understanding and getting information about your rights under the Act, the parts of the Act that apply to you, and the medical treatments you may be given.

*Exclusions Apply; call the VoiceAbility team to find out more.

We will:

  • Listen carefully to what you tell us about your views and feelings
  • Support you to speak up or speak up on your behalf if needed
  • Make sure you are fully involved in decisions being made about you
  • We will close your case when the work is finished.

An IMHA can support you with:

  • Being fully involved in your care planning
  • Your access to Mental Health Review Tribunals, preparing for them and understanding decisions made
  • Your access to other support or services
  • Discussing appropriate aftercare
  • How to raise concerns about your experience/care
  • Exercising your rights.

The IMHA service is

  • Free
  • Independent
  • Confidential

 *These services are commissioned by the NHS rather than the local authorities so we are only commissioned to work with people who are detained under a Mental Health Act section at these secure hospitals.

Who can get an IMHA?

We offer IMHA as well as non-instructed advocacy and group advocacy in Hollins Park and Soss Moss* if you are:

  • Conditionally discharged or a restricted patient
  • Subject to Guardianship under the Mental Health Act
  • On a Supervised Community Treatment Order
  • Being considered for serious treatment such as Neurosurgery
  • Someone under the age of 18 being considered for electro-convulsive therapy

How do I find an IMHA?

Staff have a duty to make sure you understand that help is available to you from IMHA services and how you can get that help.

If you do choose to work with an IMHA, you have a right to end that support at any time you wish to.

You can contact us directly on the details at the top of the page or you can speak to us confidentially when we visit your ward.

*These services are commissioned by the NHS rather than the local authorities so we are only commissioned to work with people who are detained under a Mental Health Act section at these secure hospitals.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

This page gives information about who can get support from an IMHA and the different eligibility criteria. You can find out how an IMHA can support you and download some useful self-help tools.

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Impact Report 2015

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