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Conference 2018 – Speakers

We are thrilled and privileged to announce the most amazing speakers have already confirmed they will be joining us for

You Tube – join our community

We have great video content waiting for you - from recordings of internationally respected speakers addressing delegates at our Be

New free resources available

Check out new resources to support advocates who want to step up their efforts in making things better in 2017/2018.

2017 Training Calendar now available

We are delighted to confirm a full range of training events to support you learn more and develop skills in

September 2017 – new resources

Check out new resources looking at areas that advocates need to step up efforts it.

August 2017 – Tickets for the Conference going fast

Don’t miss out on this years National Advocacy Conference 2017 Flyer (1).  To book tickets check out our dedicated webpages.

July 2017 – New Flowcharts Available

We have produced new flowcharts to help people understand when there is a duty and power to instruct or offer Independent Adovcacy.  Download your free copy here.

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June 2017 – Community Care Webinar – targeting all social workers and people who work alongside Advocates

19th June brings a free webinar Kate will be delivering to Community Care members looking at Independent Advocacy and duties to refer.  We are hoping to reach hundreds of social workers, health professionals and carers who want to learn more about the independent advocacy, deepen understanding about Care Act duties and increase referrals to Advocates.

June 2017 – Free seminar looking at Care Act Advocacy

On 30th June, Belinda Schwehr will be delivering a free webinar available to all KMT learners exploring Care Act Advocacy – our goal is to improve the legal literacy of Independent Advocates.  If you are a KMT learner and would like to reserve a place please get in touch.

May 2017 – National Advocacy Conference 2017 now confirmed

This years conference proves to be another exciting event in the advocacy year.  We are delighted to confirm David Schneider, Alex Ruck Keene and Mark Neary as key note speakers.  Check out further information.

March 2017 – Webinar series Advocacy under the Care Act

KMT is delighted to invite KMT learners to access a FREE webinar looking at legal literacy when working under the Care Act.  Belinda Schwehr will host the webinar which is essential for advocates. To register please email

Oct 2016 – National Advocacy Awards

We are supporting the first ever set of Advocacy Awards that recognised brilliance and success within independent advocacy.  To nominate or buy tickets please see Advocacy Awards website

Sept 2016 – Community Care Live

Kate will be speaking at this years Community Care Live on the topic of Care Act Advocacy.  Come along if you want to learn more about the advocacy role and when to refer.

July 2016 – National Advocacy Conference

We are delighted to confirm tickets are still available for this years National Advocacy Conference: Be A Force for Change.  Inspiring key notes speeches being delivered by Simon Duffy, Lucy Watts, Baroness Finlay and Steve Broach.  Advocacy Conference Tickets

June 2016 – Experts by Experience

KMT is recruiting Experts by Experience to support the work of the CQC.  If you have used older people’s services or cared for an older person who has used health or care services in the last 5 years we want to hear from you.

May 2016 – Speaking at the Care Forum conference

Kate will be speaking at this years regional conference hosted by the Care Forum on the topic on Supported versus Substituted Decision Making.  Hope to see you there.

April 2016 – Advocacy under the Care Act

Thank you to everyone who attended the Advanced Course looking at the legal aspects of providing advocacy under the Care Act. A thoroughly great day with our very special co-host Belinda Schwehr.


March 2016 – Advocacy under the Care Act

We have produced a free food for thought resource looking at 5 things an advocate needs to know about the Care Act.   Care Act Advocacy. 5 Things Advocates Should Know

Feb 2016 – Masterclass

We are delighted to offer a one off special masterclass exploring Care Act Advocacy.  Brought to you in partnership with Belinda Schwehr, the masterclass is perfect for trained advocates who want to further enhance skills in using the Care Act.  April 5th London

Feb 2016 – Experts by Experience

KMT is working with Remploy to provide Experts by Experience to support inspectors carry out CQC visits.  We are recruiting!  For more information see

Jan 2016 – new calendar

Additional training ates are now available for IMCA, DoLS and Advocacy under the Care Act.

Jan 2016 – The Be A Force for Change Advocacy Conference 2016

Put the date in your diary!!!  Oct 13th 2016 Bham NEC.

Plans are in progress to offer another exceptional conference for the Independent Advocacy sector.  Confirmed speakers include Baroness Finlay, Steve Broach and Lucy Watts MBE.

Jan 2016 – Understanding Advocacy for social workers

We are pleased to announce we are working with a number of local authorities to help social workers and professionals understand the duty to offer independent advocacy and learn more about the role.

Nov 2015 – Advocacy under the Care Act

In response to concerns social workers are not fully aware of the duty to offer advocacy we have produced a flowchart outlining access to Advocacy under the Care Act.  Download here

Nov 2015 – National Advocacy Conference

Video footage and presentations are now available on line for people to relive or enjoy if they couldn’t attend the event.  Please see videos here

Oct 2015 – Advocacy under the Care Act

KMT were delighted to work on behalf of the Department of Health to create training materials to support advocates working under the Care Act.  The suite of materials include a comprehensive self study pack, presentation and resources to support the delivery of training events.  You can download them here

Oct 2015 – National Advocacy Conference

Looking forward to welcoming over 180 people at this years Be A Force for Change National Advocacy Conference.  Conference programme now available upon request.

Oct 2015 – Community Care Live

Kate will be speaking at Community Care Live addressing social workers on their duties to offer Independent Advocacy and overlap between advocacy introduced in the Mental Capacity Act and Care Act.

Sept 2015 – New Calender

We are delighted to launch new calender of training events.  Check it out.

May 2015 – Advocacy under the Care Act

Delighted to be working with so many organisations to deliver in house training supporting Advocates under the Care Act.  If you are interested in arranging tailored or in house training get in touch.

April 2015 – Advocacy under the Care Act

City & Guilds have launched a new specialist unit (313 Providing Independent Advocacy under the Care Act) to support advocates who will be providing advocacy support as introduced from April 2015.

To date KMT has delivered training to over 300 advocates in the new role.

March 2015 – Qualification and Training delivered with Deaf Positives

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Deaf Positives to offer training and qualifications to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing people.  The training will be led by a Deaf tutor who is an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) and holds the tutor/assessor qualification in Independent Advocacy.  The training will be delivered in British Sign Language.  For more info get in touch.

March 2015 – Call for papers at the 2015 Advocacy Conference

Are you an innovator with success to share?  If so, we want to hear from you.  We are currently calling for papers from the advocacy sector to showcase brilliance, success and innovation.  For further information on how to get involved check out the website

March 2015 – Pilot

We are delighted to be mid way through the pilots to test out training materials to support advocates deliver their new role as introduced within the Care Act.

If you would like to join us at future KMT training events to support you develop your understanding and skills check out the calender for dates near you.

March 2015 – Speaking Engagement

Kate is delighted to be supporting the Together advocacy conference in Liverpool an will be delivering a talk on the Care Act and what this means for advocates.

February 2015 – Standards for Complaints Advocacy

Healthwatch England have published their proposed set of standards to inform the delivery of Complaints Advocacy.  You can download them here.

Kate worked as the lead consultant to draft these standards

February 2015 – Speaking Engagement

Kate will be addressing advocates and health and care professionals at this years conference @ the Care Forum.  The topic will be Compliance Versus Rebelliousness: the advocates conundrum.

February 2015 – Total Respect

We are delighted to be working with Richmond and the Children’s Workforce Development Team to deliver the CRAE Train the Trainer for Total Respect

January 2015 – training materials for advocacy under the Care Act

Work is progressing to develop training materials to support advocates working under the Care Act.  We are currently working with Flexible Films and young people to develop a media resource.

October 2014 – Announcement

Kate Mercer Training has been appointed by the Department of Health to write materials and deliver training to support Care Act Advocates.  We are looking for people who understand the new Care Act Advocacy role and have views on training to join a virtual Stakeholder group.  Get in touch for more details.

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