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.

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: our City & Guilds Units 301 through to 310 & 313 are ‘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*

Units can be completed within the full Qualification in Independent Advocacy (along with the Core Units), or as single qualifications:

  • The full QIA package: four Core Units plus one of the Specialist Units is £1,500.00 per person
  • Stand-alone units cost £590.00 per person per unit, all costs included

Prices of accredited pathways include training, course materials, City & Guilds registration, 12 months assessor support, internal verification and City & Guilds certification


You can also attend the training for continuing professional development, where no assessed work is required. You do not need to be working in independent advocacy to attend for CPD (an understanding of advocacy and it’s practice is assumed for the Specialist Units):

  • CPD attendance costs £120.00 per person per day


*We do not charge VAT on any of our courses.

To request a booking form visit the Book Now page and select the relevant course/date.


If you would like to discuss in-house training options with us for this accredited one day course (or as part of the full QIA package), for groups of 6-12 attendees per day, please email info@advocacytraining.org.uk or get in touch via the Contact Us form and we will be happy to help.


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