Unit 306: Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) - Advocacy Training

Supports learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) as detailed within the Mental Health Act.

Distance and classroom learning pathways.

I particularly enjoyed the scenarios and being able to discuss with other advocates, listening to other people’s styles of advocacy

C&G QIA Unit 306 Course, delivered by Val

Excellent – good mix of theory and practice discussion

C&G QIA Unit 306 Course, delivered by Val

I was very impressed by your attention to the process of learning and the detailed guidance and support that you give

Feedback Post Visit by City & Guilds External Quality Assurer (EQA), May 2018

Complete this unit if you provide IMHA support or wish to learn more about the IMHA role.

There are seven learning outcomes for this unit:

  • Outcome 1: Know how Mental Health legislation affects IMHA qualifying patients
  • Outcome 2: Know the roles and responsibilities of an Independent mental Health Advocate
  • Outcome 3: Be able to respond to requests for IMHA support
  • Outcome 4: Be able to provide Independent mental health advocacy
  • Outcome 5: Be able to engage with people and services
  • Outcome 6: Be able to respond to individuals who have diverse needs
  • Outcome 7: Be able to respond to risk and abuse
Please note: The City & Guilds Unit 306 is ‘competency-based’ i.e. assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence to meet the learning outcomes. You must be working as an IMHA to draw from your current practice for your portfolio of evidence, to achieve the City & Guilds standalone or full qualification in this area. The IMHA QIA must be completed within 12 months of commencing the IMHA role.

See our Award Information Pack for further information.


*10% discount on all City & Guilds Level 3 courses when booking 2+ learners on the accredited route*

Individual Units can be taken as stand-alone accredited courses. These cost £590.00 per person per unit, all costs included.

The full QIA package, completing the four Core Units plus one of the Specialist Units is £1,500.00 per person.

*Prices of accredited pathways include distance or classroom learning, course materials, City & Guilds registration, 12 months assessor support, internal verification and City & Guilds certification

You can also attend the classroom training for continuing professional development, where no assessed work is required. This costs £120.00 per person per day.

  • You do not need to be working in independent advocacy to attend for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (an understanding of advocacy and its practice is assumed for the Specialist Units).

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