POhWER provides Secure Services across the country

The areas that we provide these services in are:

Secure Services Areas

St Andrews - Northampton, Birmingham, Essex and Nottinghamshire

Brookdale Care - Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and North London

Brooklands – Coventry and Warwickshire

Huntercombe – Edinburgh, Ayrshire, Wishaw, Norwich, Birmingham, London, Kent, Staffordshire, Devon, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Cambridgeshire, Bristol, Northamptonshire, West Midlands, Suffolk

Priory - Glasgow, Durham, Lancashire, York, Kirklees, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheshire, Birmingham, Newport, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bristol, Berkshire, London, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Southampton

Marbrook – Cambridgeshire

Mersey Care – Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, St Helens, Sefton

Elysium – Monmouthshire, Yorkshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Widnes, Buckinghamshire, Caerphilly, Manchester

Lifeways – Birmingham, Suffolk, County Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne.

These are the Services that we offer in these areas:

Patient’s forum meetings

POhWER advocates have facilitated and supported many patients / residents to hold their own monthly forum meetings. POhWER residents choose the agenda for the month and the meetings are empowering individuals to express their views and wishes.

Minutes of the forum are written up and placed on a notice board for all patients /residents to see and sent to the manager so that they are kept up to-date with the patients/ residents views. Guess speakers are also invited to take part in the meetings and the patients/ residents take pride in their ownership of the forums.

Drop in Sessions

POhWER advocates conduct regular drop-in sessions to the units that they support – these sessions allow our clients to have regular and consistent contact with their independent advocate.

This builds a therapeutic working relationship with the clients engaging with them in their environment.

Family advocate

Having a family member in a service can be a difficult and emotional time. The families do not always get the opportunity to ask questions of the professionals; regarding the decisions affecting their loved ones. Our advocates can support family members and help them to understand.

Non – Instructive Advocacy

For individuals who are unable to communicate their wishes and views, non- instructed advocacy is used. It uses the “eight domains to ordinary living” to give advocates a justifiable framework for asking questions on the patients/ residents behalf. The eight domains are: Skills and abilities, Community presence, Continuity, Choice, and Influence, Individuality, Status and respect, Partnership and relationship, well-being.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

IMHA are specialist advocates trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act to meet the needs of patients under compulsion. Our Advocates help clients to understand what their rights are and support them to exercise their rights at review meetings

Patients Surveys

POhWER has been involved in supporting to design and undertake independent surveys so that patients/residents can give feedback ensuring their voice is heard, and views expressed about the treatment and care they receive while in their care.

Peer and Groups

POhWER advocates have supported patients/residents to represent each other and speak up. Patients/residents have attended meetings on behalf of their ward and then gone back and been supported to feedback information ie security meetings, conferences and other meetings which are relevant. Many patients/residents do not always have the opportunity to get involved in the community; so in doing this it has made their own community links with support from advocacy.

If you would like to find out more about Secure Services download this brochure.

Independent Advocacy Services (Pdf version)