Professionals and Practitioners

Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Proposals to Consult on the Closure of Four Residential Care Homes and One Day Centre

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer: Steve Gowtridge

Publication date: 18/07/2013

Review date: 18/03/2014

Departmental Manager Approval by: Richard Ellis

Departmental Manager Approval date: 20/06/2013

Age:

Impact : High

Any specific issues identified:

Minimise uncertainty and provide support to the residents of the 4 homes and users of the day centre that are under consultation for closure.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues:

If the decision is made to consult on the closure of the homes and the day centre, dedicated care management resource as well as advocacy will work with service users and their relatives to help identify alternative accommodation, in the event that a subsequent decision should be made to close the homes, and to ensure that any uncertainty is minimised as far as possible.

Disability:

Impact : Medium

Any specific issues identified:

People may find it difficult to adapt to new accommodation because of their disability, or have concerns about doing so.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues:

Detailed dependency assessment for each resident would take place in order that a range of suitable alternative accommodation can be identified to meet each person's specific needs. Effective transition plan in place for each resident based on person centred plans. Dedicated care management support and advocacy services would be put in place to support residents and service users. Residents' next of kin and familiar staff would be involved, where appropriate to support them to make decisions and visit alternative accommodation

Faith:

Impact : No Impact

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Gender:

Impact : Medium

Any specific issues identified:

If the decision is made to consult on the closure of the homes and the day centre this may cause uncertainty or anxiety for those older people and staff involved, many of whom are women.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues:

Service users: Detailed communication plan would be put in place, to involve the staff in the homes and relatives of the service users. An effective transition plan would be put in place for each resident based on person centred plans. Dedicated care management support and advocacy services would be in place to support residents.

Staff: There would be full and early engagement with staff and trade unions, including a full consultation process running concurrently with the public consultation. If the decision was made to close the homes, in order to avoid redundancies, the Council's redeployment procedures would be utilised, and the Council would strive to ensure alternative employment within the range of services it provides. We would also support staff to seek alternative employment through our contacts in the care sector. Staff would be offered additional training to ensure they have the necessary skills to take up a new role. Voluntary redundancy would be offered to all staff. Sensitive and timely support services will be put in place for all staff during the period of consultation

Transgender:

Impact : No Impact

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Race:

Impact : No Impact

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Sexual Orientation:

Impact : No Impact

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Marriage / civil partnership:

Impact : No Impact

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Pregnancy & maternity:

Impact : No Impact

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Other factors:

Impact : No Impact

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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

The proposals will mainly affect the residents of the 4 homes and the users of the day centre, who are all over 65 and physically frail. There will be no impact on the other groups because the proposals will not specifically affect any of these groups. Person centred planning will ensure that the needs of people in terms of their faith, race, sexual orientation are fully met in any alternative services. If required, appropriate guidance and training in addressing these needs will be sought from the Community Development Officers

Conclusion

The immediate impact of these proposals will focus on small groups of service users in the four residential homes and one day centre affected. Alternative services will be available. These will not exclude anyone who meets the eligibility criteria for these services (ie. older people who meet the Adult Services eligibility criteria).

Older service users might find it difficult to accept new concepts, adapt to change and adapt to moving to new accommodation: this might cause upset and worries. To mitigate this, individual care assessments will be carried out with each of the current service users and dedicated care management and advocacy services will be in place to support them.

Due to the high proportion of women who both work in and use these services, many of those affected would be women, and actions will be taken to mitigate any impact on this group. In terms of the service users, this would involve carrying out individual person-centred planning, and providing dedicated support from care managers and advocacy services. For the staff group, the impact of the proposals will be mitigated by early and full consultation with staff and trade unions, utilising the County Council's redeployment procedures, and providing additional training and support if needed.

Should there be any issues relating to an individual's faith, sexuality, race etc, then appropriate guidance and training (if necessary) will be sought from the Community Development Officers

For more information please visit the Hampshire County Council Equality & Diversity web page.