Hammersmith and Fulham

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POhWER has worked in Hammersmith & Fulham since 2006. Last year we provided advocacy support to almost 90 Hammersmith & Fulham residents.

We offer the following services in Hammersmith and Fulham:

  • 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 Hammersmith and Fulham, 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 po[email protected].

To make a referral to the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy services in Hammersmith and Fulham, 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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Ethel's story - Independent RPPR support

Ethel was admitted into a nursing home following an a lengthy spell in hospital. Ethel couldn’t get around due to problems with her hip and following a previous fracture after a fall in her home.

Ethel is also diagnosed with dementia but refuses to accept the diagnosis. The Local Authority moved Ethel to a nursing home but did not identify a DOL would be required, nor did the Managing Authority apply for a DOL until almost a year after Ethel had been at the home. Ethel does not want to stay at the home but wants to return back to her flat, and has continued to request to return back home. A RPPR was appointed once Ethel was placed under a DoL and went to visit her to find out her views.

Read how the RPPR ensured that Ethel’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act were upheld and provided independent representation.

Read Ethel's Story Here