“My advocate has really helped me, she has taken the pressure off me and I know that she will do what she says and she works really hard on my behalf.”

A patient, St Andrew's Nottinghamshire

Advocacy is all about supporting people to speak up or have someone speak up on their behalf. Our advocacy service is free of charge and is a confidential and independent service.

Our advocacy service

POhWER are one of the leading providers of advocacy services, committed to working in a confidential and person centered way. They work with people to ensure their rights, views, wishes and feelings are promoted and included in decision making. 

They deliver a range of accessible and free to use services and advice, including statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).

Under the Mental Health Act anyone detained in a secure mental health unit is entitled to access IMHA support. People may also be eligible if they have been provisionally discharged from an inpatient facility, are on supervised community treatment orders or are voluntary patients considering serious medical treatment as a result of a mental health condition.

What advocates do

Advocates visit the units at St Andrew's regularly. This gives everyone the opportunity to find out more about their rights under mental health law or the chance to discuss their care and treatment.

Advocacy support can be offered at a care plan update meeting (a CPUM), Mental Health Review Tribunals and other formal meetings. Advocates can:

  • meet patients in private
  • talk to staff treating a patient
  • access relevant information about the patient.


All of our units provide access to advocacy or solicitor services.


More information on POhWER can be be found via their website. Alternatively, you can call them on 0300 456 2370.