We are delighted to announce that POhWER, in a partnership with NYAS, has been awarded a UK-wide advocacy contract with The Priory Group commencing in February 2019.

POhWER and NYAS, a leading national children and youth advocacy charity have been working together in partnership delivering General Mental Health Advocacy for some of Priory Group's sites since February 2016; the new agreement now covers some 86 sites and requires the delivery of more than 700 hours of advocacy per week. We will be working across an even wider geographical area, covering England, Wales and Scotland.

All of the Mental Health Advocates provided by the NYAS/POhWER partnership are specialist advocates who are professionally trained to understand the specific needs of Priory Group’s patients. They work with the patients to ensure that they are empowered to have their voice heard and a say in decisions being made about their lives.

Roan Dyson, Director of Service Design and Development at POhWER said, “For the last two years POhWER and NYAS have worked very well together to ensure the needs of clients at Priory Group are recognised and supported. This fantastic news of retaining and expanding the work with Priory group provides further recognition of the incredibly important work our staff carry out in ensuring the most vulnerable have a voice”.

Alette Beavis, Regional Manager at POhWER said, “The award of the Priory contract alongside NYAS is a very exciting prospect. Alongside our continued provision of high quality advocacy I look forward to developing the service further; working together to ensure continued innovation with the client at the heart of all we do”.

Jane Stone, Director of Nursing at the Priory Group, comments; “We are delighted to announce that we have awarded NYAS and POhWER the provision of general advocacy services for our healthcare hospitals. We have previously worked with the organisation to deliver advocacy for some of our sites and following a competitive procurement process they were the successful bidder. We are looking forward to our expanded contract starting in February 2019 and are currently working with them and our existing providers, to ensure a smooth transition for advocacy for the New Year.”