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Devon and Torbay Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)


Rethink Advocacy, Devon Advocacy Consortium, 3-4 Cranmere Court
Lustleigh Close
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Monday - Friday :
9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday - Sunday :

Our IMHA service is free to access and is independent from all other services. Our advocates work with qualifying patients detained under the Mental Health Act (qualifying sections) within the Devon and Torbay area. This includes patients who are detained in hospitals or other secure settings within the local boundaries, but do not otherwise live in the area. The service is also available to people held under Supervised Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) who live within the Devon and Torbay area.

The advocates work with people to ensure that they understand their rights, understand any treatments being discussed and have a say in discussions about their care. If the patient has been assessed as lacking capacity to instruct an advocate, advocates will use Non-instructed Advocacy to ensure that the person is still at the centre of all care planning and decisions.