Asist enables people (advocacy partners) who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives. We provide the following people over the age of 18 in North Staffordshire with independent, community based and specialist mental health one to one advocacy support:

• People with learning disabilities
• People with mental health
• People with physical / sensory conditions

Asist individualises the benefits of advocacy within each advocacy partnership whilst also affecting wider changes in services through the collective advocacy process.

 The benefits from advocacy are commonly identified as:

• individuals feel empowered
• their quality of life is improved
• their access to support options is improved
• communication between service users and professionals is improved
• there are wider changes in services. (Wetherell and Wetherell, 2008)

Asist supports an increase in the health literacy of our advocacy partners and within the general community of North Staffordshire. 

Asist also enables people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives. Advocacy promotes increased levels of health literacy through one to one advocacy support which in turn promotes patient activation (self-advocacy) by advocacy partners.

 

Advocates support advocacy partners to:

navigate a way through the healthcare system
discuss health information and medical concerns with healthcare providers
prepare questions regarding medical concerns for healthcare providers
participate and speak up in meetings with healthcare providers
understand information and discussion within healthcare meetings
explore accessible information about health issues, self care and disease management
consider treatment options in order to make informed decisions
request a second medical opinion if they so wish
challenge decisions about their care and treatment if they so wish
act on medical related information

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