Critically evaluate the role of advocacy in supporting service users to have a voice within Social Care settings. Support with reference to examples from placement/ practice. This is theoretical academic assignment.
The role of an advocate in health and social care is to support a vulnerable or disadvantaged person and ensure that their rights are being upheld in a healthcare context.
This may include individuals who are physically disabled or wheelchair-bound, or those with age-associated degenerative diseases such as dementia.
The ultimate objectives in health and social care advocacy are to ensure that:
- The client’s voice, views and experiences are heard and treated with appropriate respect
- The client is receiving equal and fair treatment and is not on the receiving end of ableism
- The client is fully aware of their rights under current legislation and can make informed decisions based on the advice provided
An advocate in health and social care will provide practical assistance with:
- Accessing necessary social services, including those provided by social workers
- Registering formal complaints regarding the conduct of health and social care professionals
- Discussing changes in health and social care, including ongoing care and discharge from hospitals and other institutions
- Providing support during Community Care Assessments and Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings
- Liasing with the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) on behalf of patients, where necessary
- Accompanying patients to medical appointments