Nottingham CityEast Midlands > Nottingham City POhWER is proud to have been delivering advocacy services in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire since 2010. In a recent survey 100% of the people we helped said that we are proactive and responsive. 95% of professionals working with someone we supported said we ensure our clients are put at the centre of processes and decisions. We provide the following services in Nottingham City: Independent Advocacy under the Care Act 2014 Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) NHS Complaints Advocacy Independent Advocacy for people affected by the Transforming Care agenda Relevant Person's Paid Representative Services (RPPR) Secure Services Volunteer, peer and citizen advocacy How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Nottingham City, you can download the forms below and send to [email protected] : NHS Complaints Advocacy referral form Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form Care Act Advocacy Referral Form Nottingham & Nottinghamshire If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, you can contact us on 0300 456 2370 or email [email protected]. Local Resources Download the Nottingham City IMCA leaflet (pdf) Download the Nottingham City IMHA leaflet (pdf) Download the Nottingham City Care Act Advocacy leaflet (pdf) Download the Nottingham City NHS Advocacy leaflet (pdf) Download the Nottingham City Independent Advocacy (Transforming Care) leaflet (pdf) Download the Nottingham City Independent Advocacy leaflet (pdf) Download the Nottingham City RPPR leaflet (pdf) Laura's story - Independent IMHA support Laura is 35 years old and has been living with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia for the last ten years. Laura was assessed and detained in hospital under section 3 of the Mental Health Act. Laura requested help from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) to help her advocate her views at her weekly ward round, as she felt that she was not being listened to by her psychiatrist. Read Laura's story here Tweets by @POhWERadvocacy Would you like to help shape the future of advocacy in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire? POhWER are seeking to form a Stakeholder reference group to receive updates on our services to feed back to the local community and to act in an advisory capacity as a ‘critical friend’, on the development and delivery of POhWER’s statutory advocacy, non-statutory advocacy or other services in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. POhWER is a charity and membership organisation. We provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion. The group will meet twice a year but members will need to be able to engage with us occasionally outside the meetings (e.g. via email). Membership of the group POhWER is keen to bring additional skills and perspectives to our stakeholder reference group by seeking candidates who are resident in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire and have a good level of understanding and the ability to represent the health and social care interests of one or more of the following: Members of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and/or Refugee communities, including those who may be hard to reach, in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; Carers in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; Older people in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; People who access mental health services in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; People who have a learning disability in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire, People who have autism/autistic spectrum disorder in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; People experiencing substance misuse in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; People with a range of physical disabilities in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; People with different sensory impairments in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire; Ideally, candidates for the above would have relevant lived experience. We are also seeking: A resident of Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire with a good level of understanding and the ability to represent professional experience and/or academic or research interest in health and/or social care. If you would like to discuss in further detail the role and remit of the group, then please contact Nick Murphy on 0300 020 0093 or [email protected] You can also register your interest by filling in one of our expressions of interest forms, please click here. The closing date for getting your expressions of interest in is the Tuesday 31st January 2017.