Equality, Health and Wellbeing and Human Rights
Previous and similar change has resulted in more positive outcomes for individuals with less restrictive supports in place and encouraging personal independence.
Regardless of any additional protective characteristics everyone who will be reviewed will have equal access to support which is identified as appropriate to them. It is not foreseen that any individual will be affected due to any other protected characteristic.
Devices used in the overnight responder service can also assist in increasing a service users access to technology and reduce digital exclusion. The technology could be used to have face to face interactions with family who are not local, interact with friends, shop online, automatic heating and lighting and other befits. Carer stress will be reduced as the supported person will have the appropriate level of support.
For some individuals there may be the perception that physical overnight support continues to be required and believe a change to remote technology will have an adverse effect on them or leave them at risk.
Primarily adults with a range of support needs. Some people may also have additional protective characteristics such as age, gender and race.
Environment and Sustainability including climate change emissions and impacts
The use of technology in organisations and teams will result in less duplication and costs, such as for staffing and energy/utility.
There will be increased learning opportunities for staff in providing and supporting people to access remote technology.
Enhancing the use of technology will provide a modernised approach to service delivery and encourage sustainability, from increased opportunities and options available for people seeking more independent living now and in future.
In some organisations there are increased payments for those working out with normal operating hours. There will likely be reduced staffing from a reduction in traditional models of overnight support. The impact will be evident within staff groups and may for some impact on either their employment contract or pay. A reduction in pay or change in contract may then impact on any dependents of employees or staff groups.
Primarily adults who have a range of support requirements. Some people may also have additional protective characteristics such as age, gender and race.
Employees and staff groups from a variety of age groups who may have additional protective characteristics.
Economic including socio-economic disadvantage
An overnight responder service, where appropriate. will decrease service dependency and increase personal independence for individuals. This will also shape how reviews are conducted in future and how new support options are commissioned, ensuring a fair and equal process for everyone with disabilities and removing the assumption that high support presence is the primary option for overnight support.
There is increased opportunity for third sector providers to engage in, provide and support people to access remote technology.
Some staff may view the change as providing a better work/ life balance with a reduction in non-social hours.
For some individuals with disabilities and their family, representative or care provider, there may be a perception that this is viewed only as a means to reduce costs. The care provider may view this as a loss of income.
For many staff groups and employees working within care, pay is nationally recognised to be low. For some, particularly living in circumstances where there is only one wage within the household, any further reduction may impact further on staff and other dependents within the family home. This impact should be minimal as there is a recognised shortage of care staff across most organisations and on various shift patterns.
Primarily people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and/ or physical disabilities. Some may have additional protective characteristics such as age, gender and race.