National Advocacy Conference 2020

 Programme - Mon 26th october 

Advocacy and mental health 

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9.30 - 10.30      Welcome to the Advocacy Conference 2020

Join Kate Mercer and Peter Edwards in conversation as they explore the developments of the past year and what this means for Independent Advocacy.

11.00 - 12.00   IMHA experiences from Australia.  Emma Wilcox Davies

After leaving the UK for a new life in Australia, Emma is now using her extensive advocacy skills and experience to manage IMHA services across Victoria, Australia. Her talk will bring an international perspective for listeners as she explores key elements of advocacy delivery - perfect for mental health advocates who would like to learn lessons from abroad and use Emmas experience to reflect on how IMHA services are set up and delivered at home.

12.30 - 1.30   Challenging the narrative, realizing our potential.  Alexis Quinn

Alexis Quinn is a human rights campaigner, best-selling author and international speaker. Having spent 3 and half years in the system, Alexis knows better than most the effects of wrong or delayed diagnosis, inappropriate care and lack of meaningful support. She will speak of her extraordinary journey out of the
mental health ‘system’ and highlight ways to effect positive change for autistic people in a neurotypical world.


2.00 - 3.00 Advocates and their role mitigating the effects of racial bias. Anthony Salla

One of the wider recommendations of the 2018 Independent review of the Mental Health Act was to ensure the provision of culturally-appropriate advocacy. There is very little literature that defines what this means in policy or practice. This session will draw on recent research and pilots to look at some of the challenges and initiatives in this area. Questions will be posed about the extent to which advocates, or rather advocacy services, can be culturally appropriate. In doing so, the session will seek to conceptualise what being culturally appropriate may mean to advocacy provision in the diverse context of the UK where racial inequality in mental healthcare has proven to be an intractable problem


3.30 - 4.30 Notification of Rights,  Clare Lesko, Equality Human Rights Commission

Claire is a Senior Associate at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has worked on equality and human rights issues for many years. She has led the delivery of various projects such as producing guidance (e.g. Guidance to help universities comply with equality and human rights law when developing policies to prevent extremism; Guidance to help public authorities use the Equality Duties to make fair financial decisions), webinars (e.g. How to end the unjustified use of blanket restrictions in mental health institutions?); Ensuring your coronavirus response is inclusive of all) or policy positions (e.g. submission to Education and Health Select Committees’ joint inquiry in response to the government’s green paper on transforming young people’s mental health provisionresponse to the NHS Improvement consultation on developing a patient safety strategy). 

Claire is currently leading the Commission's compliance work to progress equality and human rights in mental health institutions including the Notification of Rights (NOR) project and will discuss why the Commission decided to do the NOR, what they've done in terms of process, scope of the NOR, final products and what they aim to achieve with it.