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Appendix three – Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

Name of strategy being assessed:

Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Carers: The South Gloucestershire Carers’ Strategy 2017 – 2020.

This EIA incorporates the learning from the public engagement in 2016, and the gaps in those responses.

Lead Commissioners completing this screening:

Name Paul Frisby Denise Swain
Title Partnership Manager Commissioning Manager
Dept/Service Partnership and integration Children, adults and health
Telephone 0117 9474423 01454 864323
Email paul.frisby@southgloucesteshireccg.nhs.uk denise.swain@southglos.gov.uk

Approved and signed by relevant director:

Guy Stenson, Director of Partnership and Integration

Please note:

Once this EIA has been approved and signed off, an electronic copy will need to be sent to the CCG’s Equalities and Patient and Public Involvement Officer for publication on the CCG website.

Please read the background to the EqIA at the back of this document prior to starting.

1. A brief description of the strategy’s aims

There are 27,639 carers in South Gloucestershire. Caring can impact significantly on all aspects of a carer’s life and wellbeing, and it is important that carers receive information and support in their caring role. We know that the number of carers in South Gloucestershire is growing.

Our priority areas:

  • Identifying carers at an early stage, recognising their contribution and involving them from the outset in designing local care provision and in planning individual care packages.
  • Carers releasing and realising their potential in education and employment. This encompasses support for young carers, young adult carers and carers of working age.
  • Carers have a family and community life alongside caring, personalised support for carers around the life, goals and needs of the carer and providing good quality information, advice and support.
  • Supporting carers to stay healthy, mentally and physically.

2. Is this strategy:

New Existing Refreshed
X

3. Who is this strategy likely to have an impact on?

Patients/service users Carers Visitors Staff Others
X XXX X The people supported by the carers

4. What evidence are you using to inform this assessment?

Source X Date Details of evidence
Demographic (including Census) data X

2016

2014

2016

See Strategy and JSNA (links as below)
Research findings X

2016

2014

2016

11 references in Carers’ Strategy
https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/gf2.ti/-/697634/20878597.1/PDF/-/Carers_Strategy.pdfhttps://edocs.southglos.gov.uk/jsna/
Recent consultations and surveys X

2012

2014

2016

2016

Caring for Others survey
http://www.southglos.gov.uk/caring-for-others-survey-2012/Carers’ Survey by Department of HealthReport on response to summer 2016 public engagement State of Caring http://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/state-of-caring-2016
Results of ethnic monitoring data; any equalities data from LA/ joint/Health inequality data X

http://www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/mental-health/mental-health-ethnic-minority-carers-experiences/support-spirituality-and-religion

2016 ‘Supporting People to Live Well’ public engagement response almost exclusively from Christian, heterosexual, White British people.

Anecdotal information from groups and agencies within South Gloucestershire X Ongoing Regular feedback from carers representatives on Carers Advisory Partnership (CAP) and Carers Strategy Implementation Group (CSIG)
Comparisons between similar functions / policies elsewhere X Ongoing

Via South West Carers Lead ADASS network

The summer 2016 ‘Supporting People to Live Well’ public engagement also covered draft joint Dementia and Falls Strategies

Analysis of PALS, complaints and public enquiries information To be sought, to inform future development of the Action Plan.
Analysis of audit reports and reviews X 2015 Carers’ Support Centre social return on investment report

5. Assessments of the effects of the service/policy/strategy on the protected characteristics (equality groups)

Assess whether the service/policy has a positive, negative or neutral impact on the protected characteristics.:

  • Positive impact means promoting equal opportunities or improving relations within equality groups
  • Negative impact means that an equality group(s) could be disadvantaged or discriminated against
  • Neutral impact means that it has no effect currently on equality groups

Please answer Yes or No in the following table and provide reasons accordingly:

Protected Characteristic

Positive Impact

X

Negative Impact

X

Neutral_Impact

X

Please provide reasons for your answer and any mitigation required

Age

[Children and Young people 0 to 19; Older People 60+]

X     Caring responsibilities have a particularly detrimental impact on the lives of young people, and older adults. This is directly addressed in the strategy and the action plan in response to national agenda and the input from local carers.
Disability

  • Physical/sensory impairment
  • Mental health
  • Learning difficulty
  • Long term condition
X     Many carers will be caring for someone with a disability including parent carers. There is no robust local data on the prevalence of disability amongst carers. Improving support for carers will also benefit carers.

Gender reassignment

[Trans people]

X

No negative or differential impact currently identified.

Local response plus Sara’s Group (Parents and Carers of trans Young People) – See more at: http://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/

Race   X There is potential for a differential impact upon those from non-white British ethnicities. We will ensure that our plans are informed by discussions with people from a range of different communities including Gypsies and Travellers.
Religion or belief X We do not have any evidence of the impact religion may have on access to carers support. We will ensure that our plans are informed by discussions with people of faith.

Sex

[Male or Female]

X   The patterns of caring are different in men and women. The majority of adults caring are women although the percentage of carers who are men increases with age.
Sexual orientation   X No negative of differential impact currently identified.

Carers

[People with caring responsibilities]

X     Caring has significant implications for all aspects of a carer’s life. Given that Carers are the focus of this strategy, it has the potential to have the most significant impact on carers.
Marriage and civil partnership X No negative of differential impact currently identified.

6. Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation

Some young carers report discrimination, harassment and victimisation by their peers at school. Discussions with them and schools will focus amongst other issues on what we can together do to address this.

The issue will also be raised with adult carers, and actions developed to address them, if this is reported to be an issue.

7. Advance equality of opportunity

Advancing equality of opportunity is an objective for this strategy for young carers, carers of working age and older carers.

Encouraging employers to recognise that there is benefit in supporting carers and avoiding losing their skills and experience is the focus of the Carers in Employment project that started in 2015.

The importance of advancing equality of opportunity will be reflected in the action plans for young and adult carers.

8. Foster/promote good relations between people

Building individual and community resilience is another focus of the strategy. It too will be reflected in the action plan that will be developed following the public engagement

9. Have you set up or arranged for any of the following

Attribute Yes No If Yes, please describe what these are. If No, please give reasons
Equality Monitoring Systems X The services or programmes that deliver the strategy have equality monitoring systems in place.
Equality Related Performance Indicators X The services or programmes that deliver the strategy have appropriate equality related performance indicators systems in place

10. Action plan

Good response to public engagement in summer 2016 but a large majority of this input was from White British older adults. The CCG, local authority and partners will therefore engage with representative groups of other communities and people with protected characteristics to share our proposals and seek their input.

Ref Issue Action Required Milestone Lead Officer
1 Age Ensure that young people, young adults, schools and colleges continue to be engaged in developing the strategy.      (Strategy actions 1.1 and 1.3) Sep 2017 Denise Swain/ Sarah Collett
2

Disability

 

Ensure that the South Glos DEN have an opportunity to comment on the strategy and action plan.

(Strategy action 1.3)

Accessible versions of Strategy to be provided on request.

Seek assurance from providers that they meet the Accessible Information Standard   (Strategy action 3.3)

Jun 2017

 

 

Sep 2017

Denise Swain/ Paul Frisby
3

Race

 

Ensure that South Glos REN (Race Equality Network) have an opportunity to comment on the action plan and help develop it.

(Strategy action 1.3)

Ensure that the Strategy’s Action Plan includes requirement for providers to confirm they provide accessible information for people whose first language is not English.

(Strategy action 1.3)

Sep 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 2017

Denise Swain/ Paul Frisby
4

Lesbian Gay and Bisexual

 

Ensure Diversity Trust or similar organisation have an opportunity to comment on the action plan and help develop it.

 (Strategy action 1.3)

Sep 2017 Denise Swain/ Paul Frisby
5

Religion, Faith or Belief

 

Ensure that service providers are sensitive to the beliefs of carers and the cared for person.    (Strategy action 1.3) Sep 2017 Denise Swain/ Paul Frisby
6 Transgender

Ensure Diversity Trust or similar organisation have an opportunity to comment on the action plan and help develop it.

 (Strategy action 1.3)

Sep 2017 Denise Swain/ Paul Frisby
7 Sex [Gender] No issues raised or anticipated, so no action proposed.
8 Pregnancy and Maternity Maternity Strategy to be checked to ensure that any issues around pregnant carers are addressed (Strategy action 1.1) Sep 2017 Denise Swain/ Paul Frisby
9 Marriage or Civil Partnership No issues raised or anticipated, so no action proposed.

11. Recommendations for the project board/CCG governing body

a) Use this section to also draw attention to any issue where there has been a significant impact, and demonstrate how you either propose to mitigate it [cross reference to action plan] or if you cannot, why you cannot.

No significant impact. There are a number of issues which are addressed in the action plan.
b) Explain how the results of this assessment have influenced your service/policy/strategy

This equality impact assessment and the recent public engagement have identified the need to engage certain groups in shaping the action plan and assist us to improve access and experience of people with different protected characteristics.

12. Date EqIA revised

  • 6 January 2017

13. Review date

  • 31 March 2018