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  • Advocacy
    • Why might a person need an advocate?
      • They have serious communication problems
      • They have limited communication
      • Having disabilities
      • They are a refugee
      • Diseases that affect the mind such as dementia
      • They do not have the capacity to make decisions
        • Mental Health Act 1983
      • Have limited use of English
    • Who may be advocates?
      • Volunteers
      • Carers
      • Paid for their services
    • What do they do?
      • Work with individuals
      • Getting to know the service users
      • Building a trusting relationship
      • Represent the service users needs
      • Represents the clients wishes and preferences
      • Liase with professionals in health and social care
      • Participate in care plan meetings
      • Completing forms, writing letters, or emails on the service users behalf
    • Care Act 2014
      • Patients should:
        • Be able to take part as fully as possible in any discussions
        • Have their views, wishes, feelings, and beliefs are respected and considered
        • Have all their relevant circumstances taken into consideration
    • Factors of why someone  cannot be an  advocates?
      • The patient does not consent too their standing as adovcate
      • They are the patient's paid/ or professional carer
      • The local authority does not deem their advocacy to be in the service users best interest
      • The patient does not have the capacity to make decisions regarding the appropriate person
    • What is the role of the advocate?
      • To support a vulnerable or disadvantage person and ensure that their rights are being upheld
    • Where can you find an advocate?
      • NHS services
      • MIND
      • Local advocacy agencies


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