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Arnold Lodge (Medium Secure Service) Independent Patients Advocacy Service

Arnold Lodge
Cordelia Close
Leicester
LE5 0LE
Tel 0116 2077774
Email: Becky.Lilley@nottshc.nhs.uk

Services offered:

  • Generic Advocacy
  • IMHA

Operations and Development Manager: Nigel Lobley
Project Manager: Becky Lilley
Services offered: IMHA and Generic Advocacy

Arnold Lodge forms part of the new care model ‘IMPACT’ (Improved Pathways and Community Teams) and provides medium secure inpatient services for adults and older people with mental illness and/or personality disorder.

The hospital provides a Male Mental Illness Service – providing admission and assessment and continuing care and rehabilitation. Male Personality Disorder Services – providing treatment programmes for patients from prison, and high secure step-down services.   Women’s Services – providing standard and enhanced medium secure services. (National WEMSS service)

Generic Advocacy

Generic or general advocacy is about providing support to people with mental health and/or capacity needs within health and social care services. This can be across a wide range of day-to-day issues that are important to them but fall outside the remit  of statutory advocacy services.

This could involve supporting/representing people at important meetings or signposting to, or helping people make contact with relevant departments, services and agencies. We ensure the person we are supporting are fully involved and understand the process being followed.

Generic Advocacy Easy Read Guide

Our advocates do this by:

  • Offering; 1:1 issue-based advocacy. We listen to the individual and ensure we understand the issue before discussing a range of options so that person can make an informed choice as to how best try to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Work only on the instruction of the individual they are supporting. The person decides what support they would like and what they want their advocate to do. We don’t make decisions for the person or tell them what to do and are non-judgemental in our approach.
  • Offering a flexible approach to advocacy; adapting styles of working and communication to meet individual need.
  • Support the person in expressing their own views, needs, wishes and worries.
  • Helping people to participate and contribute in discussions or meetings about things that are important to them may be affecting their life.
  • Representing the person’s wishes/views if they feel unable, or if they are not able to do so themselves.
  • Most importantly, our advocates work towards empowering the individual to self-advocate in the future.

Referrals usually come from the individual seeking advocacy support. We will however act on referrals from other sources, but the person can choose not to meet the advocate or turn down any support offered if they did not make the referral themselves.

Independent Mental Health Advocate

What services do Together’s IMHAs offer?

Our IMHAs give information on, and help patients to understand, the legislation they are subject to and how this affects their lives. This may include the conditions or restrictions placed on them and their rights under the MHA 1983 (amended 2007). IMHAs can also help the patient to understand what medical treatment is being given or proposed and give information on the authority under which the treatment would be given.

Independent Mental Health Advocate Easy Read Guide

Who is eligible?

  • Patients who are liable to be detained under the MHA 1983 (amended 2007)
  • Patients subject to guardianship
  • Patients on Supervised Community Treatment Orders (SCT)
  • Informal patients who are discussing the possibility of treatment to which S57 or S58A applies (neurosurgery for mental disorder or ECT for a patient under 18 years).

How we can help

Our IMHAs will meet with the patient in private to discuss issues or concerns relating to their care and treatment. The IMHA will ensure they fully understand the issues and what information is required before agreeing with the patient the appropriate level of support needed. The IMHA will then act on instruction from the patient, we will not tell the patient what to do.

Part of this work may require the IMHA to meet with any person who is professionally involved with the patient’s treatment. The IMHA will also be able to (on instruction from the patient) inspect any records relating to the patient’s detention or treatment and any Social Services Authority records that relate to that individual.

If the patient lacks capacity, the IMHA can still request access to records for a specific reason, however, in this circumstance the person holding the records must consider whether it is appropriate and necessary for the IMHA to have access to the records.

Accessing the service

Referrals can come from anyone and we will always comply if the request is reasonable, however IMHAs have a duty to respond and visit the patient if the request comes from:

  • The patient
  • A responsible clinician
  • An approved Mental Health Professional
  • The nearest relative

Patients can choose not to meet the IMHA or turn down any support offered if they did not make the referral themselves.