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You don’t push me into choices. I can talk to you.

Sara, who used our services

We can help make sure you are involved in decisions about the care and treatment you have in hospital. And when you’re getting ready to leave hospital, we can help you with decisions about what will happen when you leave, like where you will live and the care and support you will get.

What is an advocate?

An advocate is an independent professional who is on your side. They can support you to have your say and know your rights. Advocates don’t work for the council, the NHS, or care providers. You don’t have to pay for an advocate and we can provide support over the phone, over a video call or in person.

How can an advocate help?

Our advocates can help you to:

  • understand your options
  • decide what you want 
  • tell medical staff what you want – and what you don’t want
  • contact other organisations who can help you

In some areas of the country, we can also help with other kinds of issues that you need sorted out in order to leave hospital.

Can I get an advocate?

You don’t have to pay for an advocate but there are rules about who can get an advocate and when. To find out if you can get an advocate, talk to your healthcare professional or contact us. 

Download the information on this page