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1 Equality, Good Relations and Human Rights Screening Template Title: BHSCT Nurse Facilitated Discharge (NFD) ***Completed Screening Templates are public documents and will be posted on the Trust s website*** See Guidance Notes for further background information on the relevant legislation and for help in answering the questions on this template (follow the links).

2 (1) Information about the Policy/Proposal (1.1) Name of the policy/proposal BHSCT Nurse Facilitated Discharge (NFD). (1.2) Is this a new, existing or revised policy/proposal? Revised policy. (1.3) What is it trying to achieve (intended aims/outcomes)? The purpose of the policy is to enable nurses to discharge patients who meet the clinical criteria for nurse facilitated discharge, thus ensuring the highest quality, most timely and safest possible discharge for the patient. (1.4) How will the proposal be implemented? This policy will be disseminated through directorate structures. (1.5) Are there any Section 75 categories (see list in 2.1) which might be expected to benefit from the intended policy/proposal? 2

3 (1.6) Who owns and who implements the policy/proposal? Executive Director of Nursing & User Experience (1.7) Are there any factors that could contribute to/detract from the intended aim/outcome of the policy/proposal/decision? (Financial, legislative or other constraints?). (1.8) Who are the internal and external stakeholders (actual or potential) that the policy/proposal/decision could impact upon? (staff, service users, other public sector organisations, trade unions, professional bodies, independent sector, voluntary and community groups etc). All Trust clinical employees Service Users (1.9) Other policies/strategies/information with a bearing on this policy/proposal (for example internal or regional policies) - what are they and who owns them? BHSCT Records Management Policy DHSSPSNI Good Management Good Records Guidance. 3

4 (2) Available Evidence / Needs, Experiences and Priorities (2.1) Taking into account the information above what are the different needs, experiences and priorities of each of the Section 75 categories for both service users and staff. Please note there are separate tables for Service Users and staff. Service Users There will be no specific equality implications for service users, given that this policy aims to improve the process of discharging all patients who meet the clinical criteria for nurse facilitated discharge Category Details of evidence/information Service users Belfast/Castlerea gh population as a whole Service users affected Needs, Experiences & Priorities Gender Female Male 51% 49% *2011 census Age % 11% 12% 14% 14% 12% 15% 4

5 *2011 census Religion Protestant Roman Catholic No Religion or No Religion Stated 42% 41% 17% *2011 census Political Opinion Broadly Unionist Broadly Nationalist Other Do not wish to answer/unknown 48.3% 45.4% 2.3% 4% * 2011 Assembly election Marital Status Single Married Other/Not known 36% 47% 17% *2011 census Dependent Status Caring for a child dependant older person/ person with a disability 12% of usually resident population provide unpaid care None Not known * 2011 census Disability Yes 21% 5

6 No Not known 69% n/a *2011 census Ethnicity White Black/Minority Ethnic Not known 98.21% 1.8% n/a *2011 census Sexual Orientation Opposite sex Same sex/same and Opposite sex Do not wish to answer/not known The general view in NI is that an estimated 6-10% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual *2012 report by Disability Action & Rainbow Project Staff The policy applies to all clinical staff and has no implication on equality grounds Category Details of evidence/information Staff Trust workforce January 2013 Staff affected Needs, Experiences & Priorities 6

7 Gender Female Male 79% 21% Age < % 26% 26% 29% 13% 2% Religion Protestant Roman Catholic Not known/other 45% 50% 5% Political Opinion Broadly Unionist Broadly Nationalist Other No answer Unknown 7% 6% 7% 25% 55% Marital Status Single Married Other Not known 38% 57% 3% 2% Caring Responsibilities For an adult For a child For a person with a disability None Not known 2% 18% 1% 19% 60% 7

8 Disability Yes No Not known 2% 66% 32% Ethnicity White Black/Minority Ethnic Not known 78% 4% 18% Sexual Orientation (towards people of the) Opposite sex Same sex/same and Opposite sex Do not wish to answer/not known 36% 1% 63% (2.2) Provide details of how you have involved stakeholders, views of colleagues, service users and staff etc when screening this policy/proposal. This policy was widely distributed within the Trust for comment when it was first developed. Latter versions have not changed significantly: there has been no major change in focus and there has been minor rewording. It has been presented in the revised policy format. 8

9 (3) Screening Questions You now have to assess whether the impact of the policy/proposal is major, minor or none. You will need to make an informed judgement based on the information you have gathered. Staff (3.1)What is the likely impact of equality of opportunity for those affected by this policy/proposal, for each of the Section 75 equality categories? Section 75 Category Details of policy/proposal impact Level of impact? Minor/major/none Gender None Age None Religion None Political Opinion None Marital Status None Dependent Status None (3.2) Are there opportunities to better promote equality of opportunity for people within Section 75 equality categories? If yes, provide details. If no, provide reasons. 9

10 Disability None Ethnicity None Sexual Orientation None Service Users (3.1) What is the likely impact of equality of opportunity for those affected by this policy/proposal, for each of the Section 75 equality categories? Category Details of policy/proposal impact Level of impact? Minor/major/none (3.2) Are there opportunities to better promote equality of opportunity for people within Section 75 equality categories? If yes, provide details. If no, provide reasons. Gender None Age None Religion None Political Opinion None 10

11 Marital Status None Dependent Status None Disability None Ethnicity None Sexual Orientation None (3.3) To what extent is the policy/proposal likely to impact on good relations between people of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group? Minor/major/none Good relations category Details of policy/proposal impact Level of impact Minor/major/none Religious belief None Political opinion Racial group None None (3.4) Are there opportunities to better promote good relations between people of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group? Good relations category Please provide details Religious belief 11

12 Political opinion Racial group (4) Is there an opportunity to better address the health and social inequalities of groups/areas in greatest social, economic or educational need by altering the policy/decision? Suggestions (5) Consideration of Disability Duties How does the policy/proposal or decision currently encourage disabled people to participate in public life and promote positive attitudes towards disabled people? Consider what other measures you could take. Staff can attend Disability Awareness training, as provided by the Trust and can access Trust documents such as the Guide to Making Communication Accessible for people with disabilities. For example, have your staff received disability equality training or training on the Trust s Patient and Client Experience Standards? 12

13 (6) Consideration of Human Rights (6.1) Does the policy/proposal affect anyone s human rights in a positive, negative or neutral way? Complete for each of the articles Article Article 2 Right to life Positive impact Negative impact = human right interfered with or restricted Neutral impact Article 3 Right to freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Article 4 Right to freedom from slavery, servitude & forced or compulsory labour Article 5 Right to liberty & security of person Article 6 Right to a fair & public trial within a reasonable time Article 7 Right to freedom from retrospective criminal law & no punishment without law Article 8 Right to respect for private & family life, home and correspondence. Article 9 Right to freedom of thought, conscience & religion Article 10 Right to freedom of expression 13

14 Article 11 Right to freedom of assembly & association Article 12 Right to marry & found a family Article 14 Prohibition of discrimination in the enjoyment of the convention rights 1 st protocol Article 1 Right to a peaceful enjoyment of possessions & protection of property 1 st protocol Article 2 Right of access to education Please note: If you have identified potential negative impact in relation to any of the Articles in the table above, speak to your line manager and/or a representative from the Equality Team. It may also be necessary to seek legal advice. (6.2) Please outline any actions you will take to promote awareness of human rights and evidence that human rights have been taken into consideration in decision making processes. Staff can attend Human Rights Awareness training as provided by the Trust. 14

15 (7) Screening Decision (7.1) Given the answers in Section 4, how would you categorise the impacts of this policy/proposal? Major impact Minor impact No impact (7.2) Do you consider the policy/proposal needs to be subjected to ongoing screening? Yes No A full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) is usually confined to those policies or decisions considered to have major implications for equality of opportunity. (7.3) Do you think the policy/proposal should be subject to an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA)? Yes No 15

16 (7.4) Please give reasons for your decision. This policy contains guidance for staff and does not have any direct impact on equality of opportunity, good relations or human rights for either staff or service users. (7.5) If you have identified any impact, what mitigation have you considered to address this? (8) Monitoring. In line with the guidance, you will be obliged to monitor this policy every 2 years. Please detail how you will monitor the effect of the policy/proposal for equality of opportunity and good relations, disability duties and human rights? It is expected that there will be no impact on equality of opportunity, good relations or human rights in relation to this policy but the policy will be reviewed in June 2016 in line with Trust guidance Approved Lead Officer: Aisling Pelan Position: Senior Manager Nursing Date: 17/2/15 Policy/proposal screened by Equality Manager: Louise Neeson Employment Equality Manager: Michelle Morris Please forward completed schedule to 16

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