Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Joint Hampshire Mental Health Commissioning Strategy – “Building Mental Health and Well Being”

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Camilla Gibson

Publication date: 23/11/2011

Review date: 23/01/2012

Departmental Manager Approval by : Lucy Butler

Departmental Manager Approval date : 28/11/2011

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

1. Since 1999 mental health services for adults of working age have been commissioned separately by the Health (PCT) and Adult Services in line with the National Service Framework (NSF) for Mental Health. Now concluded, the NSF has seen the development of many new services to support people with all types and severity of mental health problems.

2. Building on the 5 year Delivering Race equality in Mental Health care (DRE) action plan for achieving equality and tackling discrimination in mental health services which was introduced in 2005; Adult Services and NHS Hampshire Mental Health Commissioners are now developing a Joint Commissioning Strategy. This strategy is based on the vision set out in the Coalition Governments Mental Health Strategy 'No Helath without Mental Health'. It is closely linked to Hampshire’s Older Person’s Mental Health Strategy and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and reflects the aspirations in the Hampshire Model devised following the Hampshire Commission on Personalisation.

3. Hampshire County Council Adult Services and NHS Hampshire have worked together to capture the views of the people of Hampshire about how and what mental health services should be commissioned in the future. Work at a national level has seen the development of many new services to support people with all types and severity of mental health problems.

4. Here in Hampshire, Adult Services and NHS Mental Health Commissioners have now developed a Joint Commissioning Strategy to improve mental health services for the people of Hampshire. Mental ill-health touches most people in society: One in six adults will have a mental health problem at any one time and the economic cost to the country of mental health problems is about £77 billion, mostly due to lost productivity. Therefore, this work is an important step to facing these issues in Hampshire while developing personalised services for Improved outcomes.

5. The Hampshire County Council Adult Services and NHS Hampshire, Joint Mental Health Commissioning Strategy is intended to be accessible to all who make up the vibrant and diverse residents of the County of Hampshire.

The main beneficiaries of the mental health services we commission will be those people who may be affected, either directly or indirectly by mental health problems, at some point in their lives; regardless of residency e.g. relatives, friends, people working locally e.t.c..

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

1. Hampshire County Council (HCC) Adult Services and NHS Hampshire have worked together to capture the views of the people of Hampshire about how and what types of support and initiatives should be commissioned in the future, to promote Mental Health and Well Being. HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire. This has supported facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input.

2. To achieve a full range of involvement and input; there has been a wide range of on-going activities; including various engagement events, which have included MH Commissioner attendance at a number of Equality and Diversity events in the County such as the Community Development Officers Black and Minority Ethnic conference “From margins to the mainstream”. These activities and the Impact Assessment will enable the achievement of an inclusive and responsive Strategy that - Promotes mental health and well-being – Drives Social Inclusion – reducing stigma and discrimination - Promotes recovery and independence

3. MH Commissioning managers and the community development officer (CDO) team have worked together on the impact assessment during the development of the strategy. This has ensured that the impact assessment was updated and used to respond to outcomes of the strategy consultation, and changes as a consequence of legislation and policy from the coalition Government.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

New electronic data collection system RIO provided prompts about caring and the importance of family responsibilities and looking at the needs of carers.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Need to ensure that application of RIO is consistent and that caring responsibility data is collected and acted on consistently

As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Disability: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

Raise awareness of potential prepensity of MH in connection with some illness

All facilities/locations for service delivery/client usage must complete Disability Discrimination Act assessments in terms of accessibility.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Faith: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Community Development officers (CDOs) will assist in focus on faith & belief

As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Gender: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Transgender: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Race: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Sexual Orientation: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : Low
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Low
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Other factors: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

This has supported the facilitation and coordination of equality and diversity input as part of the engagement events leading to this permission to consult.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Ensure communities are aware of, consulted and have access to this information.

As indicated at start of assessment this is a live document.

It is planned that the team completing this assessment will continue to review and develop it for the lifetime of the strategy to ensure that this impact assessment is updated and can respond to potential outcomes of the strategy.

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

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Conclusion

The Joint Hampshire Mental Health Commissioning Strategy – “Building Health and Well Being” has a primary focus and impact on addressing mental health issues for adults; meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and seriously unwell people with common mental health needs. At all times the broader context such as health promotion, children’s mental health and development, transition arrangements and related services, and the science of wellbeing (The Science of Well-Being, FA Huppert et al, OUP Oxford, 2005), will remain as themes providing the backdrop to this strategy.

Principally adults who are residents of Hampshire and experiencing mental health needs. Although as a result of the nature of mental health and well being the potential for all client groups to be affected has been indicated.

HCC and NHS Hampshire have led the development of this strategy, in partnership with all the major mental health stakeholders in Hampshire.

Evidence supporting the potential wider impacts of Mental Health and Well Being - (The Science of Well-Being, FA Huppert et al, OUP Oxford, 2005)

 

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