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POhWER has worked in Brent since 2006. Last year we provided advocacy support to almost 320 Brent residents.

We provide the following services in Brent:

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). This is a statutory advocacy service to support vulnerable people who lack capacity and need to make important decisions but have no representatives as defined under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 
  • Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR), is a service for those people (or Relevant Person) whom have been legally deprived of their liberty under the safeguards (DoLS) set out in Mental Capacity Act 2005, and have no family or friend whom can appropriately act as their representative. The role of the RPPR is to assist the Relevant Person to understand and execute their rights which includes calling a review of the DoL, or challenging the DoL or elements of it by accessing the Court of Protection, or by exercising them of behalf of the Relevant Person.
  • Independent Health Complaints Advocacy for people who wish to make a complaint about treatment provided under the NHS. For more information about how our Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service can help you please see our London Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service page.

How do I get support from an advocate?

To make a referral to the advocacy services in Brent, you can download the forms below:

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].

To make a referral to the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy services in Brent, you can download the form below

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 0203 553 5960 or email [email protected].

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Terry's Story


Terry is a 50 to 60 year old Black British gentleman residing long-term on a mental health inpatient rehabilitation unit under Section of the Mental Health Act. The IMCA referral was regarding proposed serious medical treatment following a recent diagnosis of lung cancer. A scan (CT or PET) was needed to establish the extent of the cancer and the specific treatment options. Terry was refusing to undergo this procedure but was deemed to lack capacity to make that decision himself.Read how the IMCA ensured that Terry’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act were upheld and provided independent representation.

Read Terry's story here