Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Section 117 register, cleansing of data on SWIFT.

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Louise Snook

Publication date: 27/01/2012

Review date: 15/08/2012

Departmental Manager Approval by : Lucy Butler

Departmental Manager Approval date : 30/01/2012

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

The information held on SWIFT with regard to service users who are subject to the Mental Health Act Section 117 and other associated Sections(S117) is to be reviewed to ensure it is accurate. Service users who are subject to a S117 are not required to pay for associated aftercare services provided by a Local Authority or Health Authority.

If service users are subject to S117 but we do not have it recorded or they are no longer subject to a S117 and it is not recorded, they may be asked to contribute or not towards their aftercare services, incorrectly.

Service users might also feel that there is a certain stigma attached to being subject to a Mental Health Act section and therefore it is important our records are correct.

This will affect service users that primarily have a Mental Health (MH) provision on SWIFT although it has also been noted from initial analysis that there is a large % of service users with an Older People (OP) provisions that are subject to a S117. Service users with a Physical Disability (PD) or a Learning Disability (LD) are also represented in the data of those that are subject to a S117.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

Planning the work to be undertaken by analysing data already held on SWIFT regarding S117 and other MH sections that lead to a S117 being issued. This will indicate possible timescales for the work. Initial plans are for the work to be completed by August 2012.

Training on the legal aspects of recording, reviewing and discharging under S117 to all HCC Operational teams.

Cleansing of the data already held on SWIFT, to involve the Community Mental Health Teams(CMHT) that are health led teams. All other Operational teams are also to be included as a S117 legal staus is not solely recorded against service users seen by the CMHT.

The CMHT will be the lead team in all geographical areas.

Business process to be reviewed and updated to ensure accurate recording, reviewing and discharge from S117 takes place at the correct times.

Implementation of the new business process within all teams once the cleansing of data has taken place.

Business management performance monitoring put in place to ensure the business process is followed to meet the aims of the project in business as usual.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Low
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What action will be taken to address any identified issues: None
Disability: Impact : Low
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What action will be taken to address any identified issues: None.
Faith: Impact : No Impact
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Gender: Impact : Low
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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 : Low
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

All the categories assessed as no impact above are due to the fact they make no difference to whether someone is subject to a S117 or how the operational teams will carry out their review.

The impact on Gender is low - evidence in research done by Alzheimers Research Trust & Oxford Uni that there were 503,874 Females affected by Alzheimers compared to 318,010 Males in 2010/11. This shows more 61:38 females are affected.

Other factors such as rural isolation and low income could be seen by some to have a greater impact on someone who is subject to a S117 as they might have difficulty in getting to where their support services are located.

Age has been rated as low inpact as we are aware that there are a high number of older people who are subject to a S117, although there are no other issues specific to this category.

Disability has been rated as low impact as some MH conditions are classed as a disability but service users who are affected by these conditions will not be treated in any other way during the life of this project.

Conclusion

This project will ensure that information on SWIFT is more accurate and that service users are being charged correctly for the services they receive from Hampshire County Council.

Once the cleansing work has been done a robust business process will be put in place to ensure that service users subject to a S117 are reviewed and the SWIFT register is updated at the appropriate time.

All service users who are subject to a S117 will be included in the review regardless of which care group they fall into.

 

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