Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Change in Section 75 MH and LD Partnership Agreements with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Liz McGill

Publication date: 14/03/2012

Review date: 13/03/2013

Departmental Manager Approval by : Lucy Butler

Departmental Manager Approval date : 08/03/2012

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

The two S75 Agreements covering mental health and learning disability services involving HCC and Southern Health Trust are currently being reviewed. It is recommended that:

- the mental health S75 agreement is extended for 1 year until 31 March 2013

- the learning disability S75 agreement is not extended beyond its end date of 31 March 2012.

In mental health services, it is recognised that people's health and social care needs are entwined meaning that provision needs to be integrated, with the lead organisation being the NHS. Having a S75 agreement with Southern Health has promoted the social care agenda within an NHS organisation to whom the County's statutory duties have been delegated. These cover statutory social care support and protection and management of staff and budgets. To keep services stable and effective during the review, it is necessary to keep the current arrangements in place. There will therefore be no change to mental health services.

In learning disability services, the creation of the S75 agreement improved performance and dealt with issues such as human resources, systems, policies, finance, communication and these are now embedded in the service. It is therefore felt that continuation of the S75 is not necessary for these purposes and it is recognised that co-location of teams rather than integrated working is the beneficial aspect for service users. Co-location has been achieved and would not be lost without a S75.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

The S75 agreement for mental health has been reviewed. Further work will be undertaken during the next 12 months to determine future partnership arrangements. Equality issues and impacts are being considered at present and at the point of determining future arrangement. There is no proposed change to front line service delivery and service user and carer experience so there should be no disproportionate effect on any groups of service users.

There is also no proposed change to front line service delivery and service user and carer experience in learning disability services when the S75 ceases. A further impact assessment will be undertaken on future governance arrangements in learning disability.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Low
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Disability: Impact : Low
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Faith: Impact : Low
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Gender: Impact : Low
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Transgender: Impact : Low
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Race: Impact : Low
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Sexual Orientation: Impact : Low
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : No Impact
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Low
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Other factors: Impact : No Impact
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

Changes that are being considered affect the management of health and social care staff, the delegation of local authority functions of safeguarding and management of social care budgets. They do not affect service delivery to service users or carers. At present no change is being recommended for mental health services. Further consideration will be given if future changes are recommended. Although the current arrangement of having a S75 will change in learning disability, front line service delivery will not.

Conclusion

The changes recommended are at a level of infra-structure rather than front line service delivery, which is not being altered by these proposals. It could be argued that social care responsibilities, such as safeguarding, might have a higher profile under the proposals which would be beneficial for all service users and carers.

 

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