Independent Mental Health Advocate – closing date 25 June 2018

Reading Voice is a partnership of three local charities – Healthwatch Reading, Age UK Reading and Talkback. The partnership is led and managed by Healthwatch Reading.

This is a rewarding role that reaches out to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Our independent advocacy service provides IMHA services for Reading people at Prospect Park Hospital as in-patients or with the Community Mental Health Team. The service provides a free, independent and impartial comprehensive advocacy service in line with the Mental Health Act. Therefore, you must hold an IMHA qualification.

The advocate will typically meet people in person on hospital wards, with duties including:
  • Briefing patients on their rights under the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act and related legislation.
  • Supporting and if necessary representing clients in a variety of meetings and situations and working towards developing self-advocacy.

As part of the team, the advocate will help promote the integration of independent rights-based support within mental health services, including criminal justice and social care.

Please note a full DBS check is required and it is essential to hold an Independent Mental Health Advocacy Qualification.

Address Line 1
3rd Floor, Reading Central Library
Address line 2
Abbey Square
Contract type
Part time
Central Reading
£21,800-£23,150 pro rata
Carl Borges - Advocacy Services Manager
Main contact telephone
0118 937 2295
How to apply

To apply please provide a:
• CV
• Covering letter (of no more than two sides of A4) demonstrating how your; experience, skills and motivations meet the role profile. Please give specific examples to help us understand the depth and variety of your experience.

Open for applications from
8 June 2018
Closing date for applications
25 June 2018
Scheduled interview date
12 July 2018
Will my application be acknowledged?
All applicants, successful or otherwise, can expect to receive a reply from us in due course