GENDER DUTY CONFERENCE
Mental Health Breakout Session - chaired by Barbara Lindsay of the Department of Health
Cordwell Thomas, an independent mental health advocate introduced the topic by outlining his role and responsibilities which are essentially to help people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. He is able to 'broker' services that NHS not in a position to do. He attends meetings as well as Tribunals and will advocate on behalf of individuals whether male or female. He welcomed the forthcoming Gender Equality Duty and saw this as an aid, giving empowerment to those who come into contact within the Mental Health care system. It was also a useful tool for employers to help them to improve the delivery of their services.
During the workshop the following points were made:
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