Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Sensory Mobile Early Intervention Service

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Martin Parker

Publication date: 01/05/2013

Review date: 01/05/2014

Departmental Manager Approval by : Ruth Dixon

Departmental Manager Approval date : 28/02/2013

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

The Sensory Mobile Early Intervention and Support service will replace the current Hard of Hearing Mobile Early Intervention and Support service that is due to finish in September 2013. The new Sensory Mobile Early Intervention and Support Service will continue to support people who are hard of hearing but in addition will support people with sight loss and people who have dual loss (hearing and sight loss). It is anticipated that funding for the new service will continue at the same level as the old service.

The new Sensory Mobile Early Intervention and Support service will support people of all ages by providing information and support on sensory (sight, hard of hearing or dual loss) issues and signpost people to appropriate sensory services. The service will also provide support with, information on and will show and demonstrate environmental equipment that will prevent or delay the need for higher cost and more invasive services or the loss of a personís independence. The service, due to it's mobile nature, will be an open access service that will be available within different communities across Hampshire 7 times each month (84 sessions a year) and will support the sensory volunteer training programme for four days (8 sessions) each year.

Although the number of sessions, due to the addition of support for people with sight loss, will reduce each year from 120 to 84 sessions, it is expected that the addition of support for people with sight loss will increase use of the service by a further 50% and that this will provide a much wider benefit to communities

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

A business case is being developed, that if agreed, will lead to an open European Union Directive tender. People with sensory loss will be involved in the development of the new specification, however feedback, which is all extremely positive, on the existing service will also be considered. People with a sensory loss will also be involved with the procurement process.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: To ensure that the service is marketed and promoted widely in local communities, particularly for groups of older people and in respect of the addition of the additional eye related support and information, so that they are aware of the service and what it can provide.
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Through the specification, procurement exercise and then contract monitoring mechanisms, ensure that appropriate marketing is taking place.
Disability: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: To ensure that the service is marketed and promoted widely in local communities, particularly for groups of people with sight or hearing loss and older people who are more likley to have sight or hearing loss so that they are aware of the service and what it can provide.

Being able to provide support and information to people with a dual sensory loss.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Through the specification, procurement exercise and then contract monitoring mechanisms, ensure that appropriate marketing is taking place.

Through provision of the service, the families and carers of people with dual sensory loss will be able to be signposted more easily to Adult Services Sensory Team, who following their recent restructure are able to provide more effective support and care to people with a dual loss, who often have complex needs.

Faith: Impact : No Impact
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Gender: Impact : No Impact
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Transgender: Impact : No Impact
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Race: Impact : Low
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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 : No Impact
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

The 84 sessions per year will be provided at locations in the community where as many members of the community gather, for example at markets, supermarkets and other key community centres, in order to maximise the use of the service.

In addition the service will be open access (the service will be accessible without appointment) which means that any member of the community will be able to use the service.

To ensure that all members of the community are able to use the service all the staff who run the service will have received appropriate equalities and diversity training and support (will be specified and assessed throughout procurement process and over the time of the new contract).

Marketing and promotional material will be strategically placed throughout the whole community, including in the communities of groups who may be hard to reach where there may be specific sight or hearing loss issues to ensure that all members of the community are aware of the service and what it provides. The need for appropriate and adequate promotion and maketing will be stressed within the specification and through the procurement process.

In particluar, in relation to race where there are some links to increased sensory loss (for example in South east Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities where diabetes is 6x and 3 x the national average and it has been shown that diabetes can have a negative impact on eye health and sight), the service will be actively marketed and promoted in any local communities of those particular groups. In addition the service will be required to work with Adult Services sensory team around the development of volunteer services in areas where there are particular hard to reach minority groups. The volunteer support will use members of those communities to promote the service and sight and hearing loss issues generally to their wider community. This will also ensure this service is actively promoted in those communities.

Conclusion

Due to the open access, community based nature of this service, it is not anticipated that there will be any negative impacts on any group of people, and that the service should actually have a positive impact, the provision of relevant information and support on their sensory condition and the opportunity to try environmental equipment, on any person in the community and in particular older people and people who are disbaled due to their sight or hearing loss.

 

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