Derbyshire Mind is a local mental health association.
They are committed to:
- working for improvements in local mental health services
- making it possible for people with mental health problems to voice their opinions
- offering quality local services
- challenging the stigma attached to people labelled “mentally ill” and increasing public understanding of mental health issues
Derbyshire Mind set up in 1967 as a local mental health group which is affiliated to the national charity Mind. Accordingly, they are bound to maintain rigorous standards associated with the affiliation agreement to provide a quality management system. Good to know then, that they have held the Mind Quality Mark in addition to other Quality Standards for their work.
Services Provided by Derbyshire Mind
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service
This service gives some people who lack capacity a legal right to receive support from an IMCA. The IMCA service is provided for any person aged 16 years or older, who has no one willing and able to support and represent them, and who lacks the capacity to make a decision know about either a long-term care move, serious medical treatment, adult safeguarding procedures or a care review. This service is provided by Derbyshire Mind for those who are resident in the Derbyshire County Council local authority area whether on a permanent or temporary basis and are eligible.
IMCA DOLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
It is the responsibility of the Local Authority to instruct an IMCA. This can occur when a hospital or care home makes a request on behalf of a person who may need representation regarding their liberty and there is no one else to represent them.
Once a standard Deprivation of Liberty authorisation has been granted, Local Authorities must appoint the relevant person’s representative to support and represent the person who has been deprived of their liberty.
The role of the Paid Representative is to:
- Keep in touch with the person regularly
- Monitor the conditions set out in the DOLS authorisation and make sure that the Managing Authority is abiding by these.
- Support the person with all matters concerning the DOLS authorisation.
- Where appropriate, trigger a review of the authorisation.
- Where appropriate, raise complaints on behalf of the person using the organisations’ complaints procedure.
- Where appropriate, make an application to the Court of Protection on behalf of the person.
The service is independent and free of charge.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy
You are eligible for support from an IMHA if you are:
- Detained under the Mental Health Act (even if they are currently on leave of absence from a hospital)
- A conditionally discharged restricted patient;
- Subject to guardianship; or
- Supervised community treatment (SCT)
You can also receive support from an IMHA if you are not covered by any of the above but are:
- Being considered for a treatment to which section 57 applies (“a section 57 treatment”)
- Under 18 and being considered for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or any other treatment to which section 58A applies (“a section 58A treatment”).
Independent Health Complaints Advocacy
A service to support people to make a formal complaint about their NHS care or treatment, including any complaint against an organisation or service funded by the NHS.
If you are unhappy with the service you or others have received from a hospital doctor, dentist, GP surgery or any other NHS service you can raise your concerns about it.
By raising your concerns it can help put things right and the NHS can learn from your experience. This could include an explanation, an apology and information about how the NHS has used your experience to improve services or care.
Note: This service is stretched to full capacity which could lead to long waits. Please read further details here.
Derbyshire Independent Community Advocacy Service
Advocacy is about helping you to express your views or concerns, to explore your choices, to access information and services and to protect and promote your rights. An advocate is independent and there to represent you. Advocacy can be helpful in all sorts of situations, including if you are worried that you are not being listened to by services or professionals. More. . .
Enjoying Derbyshire Walks
Enjoying Derbyshire is a project delivering a programme of guided walks around the Derby area encouraging people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of walking.
Become a Trustee – We are always interested in working with people who may want to volunteer with us as a Trustee so that we can diversify and extend the skill set we have on the Board’ Please complete a volunteer application form if you are interested in volunteering in this way.
This article covers just a fraction of the detail covered in the Mind Derbyshire website.
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