Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : South East Hampshire Physical Disability Day Activities

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Martin Parker

Publication date: 25/04/2013

Review date: 25/04/2014

Departmental Manager Approval by : Ruth Dixon

Departmental Manager Approval date : 25/04/2013

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

To meet Hampshire County Council Standing Order requirements following the expiry of current contracts, a tender is required for the provision of day activities, support and care for eligble adults with physical disabilities in South East Hampshire.

The new service will continue to support existing service users whilst at the same time being developmental to ensure that it is able to meet the needs of new service users and existing service users as their requirements and needs change. This will be done through the provision of small group activities and support that can be personalised in co-production with individuals.

The provision of activity, support and care services for eligible adults with a physical disability is intended to provide a range of positive outcomes for the individual including, but not limited to:

- maintaining or increasing independence

- enabling the use and development of skills

- becoming less socially isolated through increased interactions with their peers and communities

- developing positive relationships and making a positive contributions to their communities

- having an increased perception of safety and empowerment to take risks

- maximising the quality of their life and life opportunities

- being able to run their own services

- and their carers, families and friends feeling more supported with their caring responsibilities.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

The service (the provision of day activities, support and care) is continuing in line with what is already being delivered, however is expected to be 'developmental' - however any future changes to service will only occur through co-production with service users. As this will be managed within the service in a personalised way ther has been no formal consultation, although discussions have been held with sevrice users.

Therefore the primary areas for consideration of any equality issues or impacts need to be incorporated are the procurement of the new service and the ongoing service delivery / monitoring.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Low
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Disability: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: To ensure that the service is personalised and all group activities are co-produced and developed with the individuals using the service
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: To have a developmental specification based on positive outcomes for service users and ensuring that there is a person centred appraoch and co-production through the ongoing monitoring of the service
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 : Low
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Low
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Other factors: Impact : Low
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

Age - low impact as all adults with a physical disability will be able to access the service. Current age profile tends to be towards 'older' adults however by developing a person centred small group based direction for future service delivery, it is hoped that more younger adults may be attracted to the service if they choose.

All groups - access: low impact as a services as this service will only be accessible through referral from Older Persons / Physical Disabilities Care Management teams in South East Hampshire and therefore accessibility to the service will be goverened through Adult Services and Corporate Equalities procedures and processes.

All groups - service delivery: Due to the nature of the person centred approach to future sevrice provision there should be no equality issues around service delivery. The ability of the service provider to be person centred and provide equal opportunities for all will be assessed as part of the tender process. This will also be included in the service specification, which will be monitored throughout the contract

Conclusion

There are not expected to be any negative equality impacts due to the provision of this service, with there actually expected to be positive impacts for people with a physical disability through a sevrice user outcome based led service, that develops new group activities and ways of supporting people in co-production with them.

 

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