Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Linda Burgess

Publication date: 16/09/2013

Review date: 24/03/2014

Departmental Manager Approval by : Ruth Dixon

Departmental Manager Approval date : 22/08/2013

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

The Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults updates the Hampshire Learning Disability Strategy – Ordinary People Leading Ordinary Lives 2009-2011. This was a strategy for adults (aged 18 and over), but also recognised the transition years (aged 14-18 years). The new Plan will cover the same age range and be a live document being monitored and refreshed through the quarterly Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board (HLDPB) meetings and Local Implementation groups (LIGs) monthly meetings.

The aims of the Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults are:

1. To enable people with a learning disability to have the same rights, choices and opportunities in life as everyone else

2. For people with a learning disability to be treated with dignity and respect

3. For people with a learning disability, their families and family carers to have the same hopes and aspirations as other people and families

4. To ensure that services accessed by people with a learning disability are personalised, flexible, appropriate and safe

Key priorities of the Plan are to:

1. Ensure that people with a learning disability have the right support that fits their needs, abilities and expectations provided by properly trained staff

2. Promote the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability

3. Enable people with a learning disability to have the right place to live based on individual needs and choices with the right support to live independently

4. Increase the opportunities for people with a learning disability to be socially included and have meaningful activities during the day, evenings and at weekends, including work and volunteering

5. Ensure that people with a learning disability are safe in their homes and their communities and are able to get the right support if they do not feel safe

6. Promote the rights of people with a learning disability to develop and maintain friendships, relationships and have their own families

7. Recognise the whole family and the needs of carers, so carers and their families feel supported and live their lives in the way they wish to

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

In 2012 there were 3,867 people with learning disabilities known to GP’s within Hampshire, and 3,065 people with learning disabilities receiving a funded service from Hampshire’s Adult Services (Improving Health and Lives: Learning Disabilities Conservatory: Learning Disabilities Profile 2013, Hampshire).

The Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults has been written by the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board (HLDPB). The Board is made up of:

• Ten people with learning disabilities

• Five family carers

• One senior officer from health

• One senior officer from social care

The Executive Member of Adult Services and an elected co- chair, who has a learning disability, joint chair the Board.

Hampshire has five Local Implementation Groups (LIGs) that support the work of the Board. Hampshire has been geographically divided into five LIG areas. The LIGs are established groups with representation from people with learning disabilities, family carers, volunteers and professionals. The aims of the LIGs are to meet monthly, engage with their community over learning disability issues and feedback the information to the HLDPB. The five LIGs are colour coded to support people with learning disabilities discuss the different LIGs more easily. The LIG colours and areas are:

Yellow: New Forest

Orange: Eastleigh and Test Valley

Green: Havant and East Hampshire

Purple: Winchester, Gosport and Fareham

Blue: Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor

PARTICIPATION AND CO-PRODUCTION

Participation by people with learning disabilities in developing the draft Plan commenced in 2011 when the previous Strategy had completed its three year term. The HLDPB began exploring the current key issues that were important to people with learning disabilities in Hampshire to see what had changed since the 2009-2011Strategy. This Strategy had not been in easy read. It was made clear at the outset that people with learning disabilities wanted as easy read Plan only, which could be provided in other formats, such as Braille and audio.

Quarterly Board meetings focused on specific topics, such as people with complex needs, safeguarding, what was important to people to do during the day, weekend and evenings. This information was obtained by the LIG members speaking to their local learning disability community and feeding back peoples views to the Board. The Board and LIGs developed questions on specific topics which were sent to relevant people to answer who then presented their answers in easy read to the Board. This process and the information it created was recorded and shared with the leaning disability networks. The information obtained from the above participation process formed the written foundations to the new Plan.

All LIG and Board members were invited to be part of a writing group which was tasked to pull together the information and draft the Plan. People with learning disabilities chose not to be members of the writing group, but chose to work on the developing Plan within the LIGs, Board and other groups, such as self-advocacy groups. Through this process, the Plan’s chapter titles and outline were created by people with learning disabilities. All drafted chapters were sent for feedback to the groups and people with learning disabilities gave their views, and chapters edited accordingly.

In addition, there we ‘Thinking Differently’ workshops set up by Adult Services which were attended by people with learning disabilities, carers and professionals. The topics in the Plan were discussed at these workshops and recorded in written and pictorial form. Also, a well attended family carer event in the New Forest provided carer’s views on the draft chapters. All this information informed changes to the draft Plan.

The same process of participation developed an easy read questionnaire, to be used for the public consultation on the draft Plan.

To involve people with learning disabilities further there is a project, ‘Let’s Get Creative’, to include as many people as possible in taking photographs and drawing pictures of what is important to them. The photos and pictures are to help people with complex needs and people who do not have verbal communication show what is valued within their lives. To date there have been over 250 photos submitted.

The Let’s Get Creative project will run throughout 2013 to ensure that as many people as possible have been able to communicate what is important to them. Large posters of the pictures are being developed from the photographs, which will be used during the consultation events to provide a visual impact of the important things in the lives of people with learning disabilities. People have given their informed consent for their photographs to be used at future events within the County.

The things that people with learning disabilities and their carers have stated are important to them, and what would make their life better, was sent to approximately 30 senior staff who provide services requesting they made ‘promises’ that would help meet these requests. Providers included, Adult Services (Engagement and Inclusion, Learning Disability Operational services, Early Intervention and Inclusion), Children Services, Health (Vulnerable Adults team [commissioning], specialist /forensic hospitals, key Trusts), Advocacy, Education, Police, Trading Standards, Fire and Rescue, Department of Work and Pensions and Housing (associations and District Councils). The ‘promises’ they proposed have been incorporated into the draft Plan.

CONSULTATION

A public consultation of the draft Plan will take place for 12 weeks from 16th September to 6th December 2013. The easy read questionnaire to record feedback on the Plan has been approved by Adult Service’s Research Governance Panel. This questionnaire will be in hard copies for completion, as well as on Adult Services website as an e-questionnaire via Survey Monkey. The draft Plan and questionnaire will be in easy read and placed into other accessible formats, as required.

There will be five main LIG events and one focused group event for the traveller community. There are also over ten smaller public events being planned by the LIGs. In addition, there are several ‘closed’ events planned, such as; St Vincent’s School in Gosport is planning a classroom activity to work weekly through each chapter with pupils with learning disabilities and feedback when completed; in Basingstoke a family carers coffee morning will be discussing the Plan and supporting people to complete it as either a group or individually. Other closed focused activities for people with learning disabilities in specialist / forensic hospitals are also being organised by health.

Greater involvement with black and ethic minority (BME) groups has been re-established with the development of the draft Plan. In 2011 the Adult Service’s led Proud2B groups, that supported people with learning disabilities from the BME community, were dissolved. Members were supported to make contact and integrate within Hampshire’s self-advocacy groups but contact had been lost with many members. With the support of the Engagement and Inclusion team in Adult Services, contacts have re-established. In addition, improved links have been made to people with learning disabilities and their families from Polish and Nepalese communities. Links to the traveller community has been maintained by Adult Services over the last few years through the involvement of other local activities.

The BME community have been encouraged to be integrated into the public event and will be supported to attend the main and smaller events. The support will consist of assistance with travel to and from events and guidance on how to actively take part and give feedback on the draft Plan. The integration of the BME community in this way will help to develop improved links with the LIGs meeting and Board activities for the future.

The feedback from the public consultation will be analysed and a report produced to inform the changes needed to the Plan. The final Plan is due for completion and launch in May 2014.

All reports and this Equality Impact Assessment will be made available in easy read and other formats as required ie Braille, audio and large print.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : High
Any specific issues identified: Staying Healthy chapter
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Ensure the outcomes from the Being Healthy chapter are regulary monitored, at least yearly.
Disability: Impact : High
Any specific issues identified: People with a learnind disability experience positve change to their lives
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Ensure the outcomes from the Plan are regulary monitored, with each chapter's 'Promises' from organisations and providers are checked by the Hampshire Learning Disability Board, Hampshire County Council and CCG 5.
Faith: Impact : Low
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Gender: Impact : Low
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Transgender: Impact : Low
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Race: Impact : High
Any specific issues identified: Greater inclusion in services, Local Implementation Groups (LIGs) of BME groups who have a learning disability
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: The Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board to continue with the inclusion processes already established with BME groups. Adult Services to ensure that people from BME groups are provided opportunities to engage in services across Hampshire, the same as everyone else.
Sexual Orientation: Impact : Low
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: People with learning disabilities have the right to be able to have friendships, relationships and their own families, like everyone else
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: The Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board, Hampshire County Council, Health, Hampshire Constabulory to continue promoting the rights of people with a learning disability.
Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: To support people with learning disabilities during pregnancy to ensure better health outcomes for the person and the child.
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: To monitor the outcomes of the Plan, at least yearly, especially the outcomes in chapters 'Relationships and Family' and 'Staying Healthy'
Other factors: Impact : Low
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

The Plan covers all genders and is inclusive in its approach to participation in its development and consultation approaches.

The Plan is for everyone with a learning disability, no matter what religious beliefs a person has.

The Plan is for everyone with a learning disability, no matter people’s sexual orientation.

Conclusion

The equality impact assessment (EIA) evidenced the Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults as only having a positive impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities. It recognised the Plan could increase the opportunities for people with learning disabilities to receive services that better met their needs. It also identified areas of improvement in relation to age, disability, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnership. Also enhanced were the opportunities for people with a learning disability, from all assessed groups, to further develop meaningful day, evening and weekend activities, become more involved in their community and reduce isolation.

The EIA reinforced the Plan’s outcomes for the improving the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities and the need for better opportunities for improved health.

The Plan places an emphasis on inclusion and reducing social isolation. Greater involvement with black and ethic minority (BME) groups has been re-established with the development of the draft Plan. In addition, improved links have been made to people with learning disabilities and their families from Traveller, Polish and Nepalese communities. All groups will be helped to develop improved links for the future with LIGs meetings and Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board activities.

 

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