Our services in Northamptonshire

We provide the following services:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
    What’s this?

    Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) support people with issues relating to their care and treatment when they have been detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act. They also help people understand their rights under the Mental Health Act.

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
    What’s this?

    Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) support people who lack capacity to make decisions about their long term accommodation or serious medical treatment and who do not have any friends or family appropriate to consult.

  • Relevant Person's Representative (RPR)
    What’s this?

    If a DoLS authorisation is in place and there is a Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR), the advocate can support the person, their RPR, or both. If there is no RPR available, the advocate can take on the role of RPR themselves for the period of the DoLS authorisation. The advocate can also take the role of Rule 1.2A Representative if required.

  • Care Act advocacy
    What’s this?

    Independent Care Act advocates support people to understand their rights under the Care Act and to be fully involved in decisions about any care and support they need. This includes local authority assessments, care reviews, care and support planning and safeguarding processes.

  • NHS complaints advocacy
    What’s this?

    NHS complaints advocates support people to complain about the treatment or care that they or a friend or family member have received from an NHS service. This support is available at every stage of the complaints process. 

  • Quality Checkers
    What’s this?

    Quality Checkers visit care services and use their own experience of learning disability to assess and report on what is good and what needs improvement.

  • IMHA for young people
    What’s this?

    We run weekly advocacy drop-ins for young people staying in the Sett and the Burrows mental health wards. Our advocates support young people by explaining their rights and supporting them find out information about their treatment or raise concerns about their experience and/​or care in hospital. We can also support young people at meetings, ward rounds or care reviews. For details contact us or ask ward staff.

  • Experts by Experience
    What’s this?

    Experts by Experience use their own experience of learning disability to support care providers to give the best service to people with learning disabilities.

  • Rule 1.2A Representative
    What’s this?

    Support if someone is or may be deprived of their liberty in a community or domestic setting.