Are you passionate about improving independent Advocacy?

We are looking for independent, freelance assessors to join our Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) assessor team. The QPM is the UK’s independent quality performance mark for organisations providing all types of statutory and non-statutory independent advocacy. Our assessors have significant experience and knowledge of the best practice delivery of independent advocacy and the broader Health and Social Care Sector; they understand advocacy providers’ unique and essential role in upholding people’s rights and enabling people’s voices to be heard.

The QPM is a supportive and developmental process. As an assessor, you will need a good understanding of organisational development and be able to communicate strengths and areas for improvement clearly. If you are passionate about people accessing high-quality, independent advocacy and want to be a part of the team ensuring QPM standards continue to be met, inspire and drive improvement, we would love to hear from you.

In order to ensure that assessments are impartial and that conflicts of interest are minimised, QPM assessors are not directly involved in currently providing advocacy services. If you would like to know more about this role or have any questions, please get in touch with our Advocacy Lead and QPM Manager, Gail Petty, via

We value diversity
We are passionate about ensuring our people reflect the communities we work with. We are taking positive action to address a current under-representation within our workforce and particularly welcome expressions of interest in free-lance work from disabled people and people from black and ethnic backgrounds.

In expressing an interest, we ask that you complete our online Equality and Diversity Monitoring form, which will help us in our journey to create a diverse and inclusive organisation. The form is not compulsory, and the information you share will be anonymous. The form can be accessed and completed online here.

Ready to apply?
The Assessor Role Profile can be found here and Expression of Interest Form can be found here. We ask that your completed application is submitted to 

We will close the opportunity when we have recruited enough people. To find out more about the QPM, please visit our dedicated website at

2022 Advocacy Awards

Our friends at Blackbelt Advocacy have also launched the 2022 Advocacy Awards – celebrating the very best in advocacy. If you would like to nominate an advocate or service then you have until 4th April 2022 to get your submission in.
Anyone can nominate in the following categories:

1. Outstanding advocate
2. Outstanding service
3. Best co-production
4. Outstanding contribution to equality and diversity
5. Best supporter of advocacy

The celebration will take place in Birmingham on the evening of May 12th.
Everyone is welcome and it’s always such a fantastic evening!

For more information about the awards and how to nominate check out:

The Training Hub has launched…

The Training in Hub
Many of you will have attended our live webinar series for Advocacy in Health Funded Processes during 2021 which led to a number of resources that are now available for free in the newly launched Training Resource Hub which is free to access  and open to everybody.

There are five modules which look at:
1) An Overview of Personalised Care
2) Continuing Healthcare
3) Section 117 aftercare
4) Health inequalities
5) The role and impact of advocacy in health funded processes

You might think as an IMCA, IMHA or Care Act Advocate that this programme isn’t meant for you, but we think this is really important and helpful training, whatever types of advocacy you deliver, as it helps us all understand people’s rights and entitlements in these areas! You can also hear Kate and Gail talk about it in our latest Talking Inclusion Podcast.


Advocacy Conference and Special Interest Groups

National Advocacy ConferenceOur friends at BlackBelt Advocacy have launched this years Advocacy Conference Programme and there is a fantastic range of workshops and sessions both online and in person!

Nov 1st – Nov 3rd 2021 (online)
Over three days, 15 standalone online sessions are on offer – you attend individual sessions or join all fifteen online sessions if you feel you want a full advocacy hit!

Nov 5th 2021 (in person event, Birmingham)
On Friday 5th November there will be 6 special interest groups. These are designed to dig deep into a topic and for people who want to contribute to a particular field of expertise or specialism.
There are 6 sessions to choose from – read more about them here. The team have asked that you only book a place if you can definitely commit to attending and suggest that a maximum of 2 people per organisation join each session.

We can’t wait to see you all – online or in person!

New Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Tender

The Department of Health and Social Care are holding an event on the 6th September to let advocacy providers know about an upcoming tender for Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilots.

The event will provide an opportunity for potential providers to find out more about the aims of the procurement and the process.

Providers wishing to attend need to register their interest by Friday 3rd September 2021 at 14:00.

For more information or to register your interest click here.