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A review of inpatient advocacy

NDTi, alongside partner organisations, Speakup Self Advocacy, People First Independent Advocacy, Bringing us Together and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation will be undertaking a review of inpatient advocacy for people with a learning disability and autistic people in mental health, learning disability or autism specialist hospitals. This review has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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Over the coming weeks, Gail Petty and Kate Mercer for NDTI will be inviting advocates and their organisations, commissioners and mental health providers, to share their experiences of what is working well and what will help to improve the provision of advocacy for these people. Partner organisations will also be working with their specific audiences to ensure the voices of people with a learning disability, autistic people, their families and family support organisations are heard.

This review will provide an invaluable opportunity to explore, understand and address the issues impacting on the provision of high-quality independent advocacy to people who are inpatients, at times when they may most need and benefit from it.

Independent Advocacy can and should be reliable, easy to access, proactive support to ensure people’s voices are heard and rights upheld. Recent inquiries and reports, such as the independent report and recommendations from Baroness Hollins have highlighted that the quality, effectiveness, and the independence of advocacy provision could be improved.

If you’d like to speak with any of the partners about the work they are doing in the review or to enquire about participating, please contact:

Bringing Us Together –

Challenging Behaviour Foundation –

NDTi – Gail Petty:

People First in Cumbria -

Speakup – Geoff Doncaster:

Contact Details

Gail Petty
Tel: 01225 255 268

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