Equality and Human Rights Screening

This report includes published screening from October to December 2015.  If you wish to download a hard copy of the screening outcome report please click here. 

 

 

Policy & Screening Document /Policy Description

Date Screening Outcome Reason for Outcome

 Lithium Policy

 

There are three main issues the Policy addresses:

NICE Guidelines, NPSA Alert on Lithium, and
LES (lithium) agreement with GPs. A Local Enhanced Service (LES) agreement for lithium was developed. Patients are allocated to one of three pathways.

• Pathway 1: The Trust is responsible for the initiation and monitoring of the patient’s Lithium.
• Pathway 2: When the patient’s illness is stable and they are stabilised on lithium medication, the monitoring responsibility can transfer to the GP, if the GP is agreeable and if the patient is also agreeable. The patients will continue to attend reviews with the mental health services.
• Pathway 3: This is where the patients have both the monitoring assessments and reviews of their mental state carried out by the GP. They do not attend Trust mental health services.

The purpose of the Pathways is to improve safety for patients who are on Lithium medication. A proposed Pathway is discussed with the individual patient so that they have given their agreement before they are placed on it or before there is a change in Pathway. However in some circumstances, if the GP is concerned about the welfare of a patient they can request the transfer of a patient back to Pathway 1.

 8/1/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Statutory and Mandatory Training Policy

 

The underlying objective of this Policy is to define statutory and mandatory training and the arrangements in place to meet our obligations. The Policy sets out the training categories that are considered to be mandatory for all staff or across broad groups of staff.

The key constraint of the Policy will be the Organisation’s ability to provide sufficient training and to release staff in line with requirements.

30/1/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Guidelines for practitioners regarding the transition between Paediatric Community Epilepsy Services and Adult Epilepsy Services

 

To ensure effective transition of young people attending mainstream school within BHSCT, with a diagnosis of epilepsy, from paediatric to adult services.

To enable the young person and their families to be actively involved in planning their future to help ensure that their transition is a smooth one;

To ensure everyone involved in transition is clear about the specific roles and responsibilities of the key agencies so that they can work together to support the young person at the centre of this process;

To act as a driving force for improving young people’s experience of transition across BHSCT.

 26/11/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Decontamination of Endoscopes, TOE probes and related equipment (TOE, Trans-rectal, trans-vaginal, and related equipment)

 

Key Objectives
To ensure the risk of transmission of
infectious agents from the re-use of re-usable endoscopes and probes (TOE, Trans-rectal & Trans-vaginal) are minimised.

- To ensure staff are equipped to manage equipment safely.

- To maintain the health and safety of staff, patients / clients and outside agencies.

- To comply with current legislation, extant guidance and standards.

27/11/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Policy on the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Protection of Personal Information (Update of existing policy)

 

The lawful and correct handling of personal data by the staff of Belfast Health & Social Care Trust is crucial to the success and maintenance of confidence between the Trust and those with whom it deals, both internally and externally.

The Data Protection legislation makes provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to living individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information.

This policy has been introduced with the aim of empowering managers to be proactive in relation to the protection of personal information in their workplace.

30/11/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Policy for processing requests for access to Patient/Client and Personal Records - charges for accessing records only to be updated.

 

This screening applies to the updating of charges for the accessing of Patient/Client Personal records from £30 to £50. This proposal is to ensure that the cost charged will contribute to the costs required in terms of paper etc to produce the records. It will also bring the Trust into line with costs charged by other Trusts.

All other charges will remain the same.  Access to social care records will remain at the maximum fee allowed of £10.

1/12/15 Screened out with mitigation Screened out with mitigation
       
Recommendations for Dental Management of Patients with LQTS

 

The proposal is guidance for dentists regarding the Recommendations for Dental Management of Patients with LQTS.  There is no information that suggests an adverse impact for staff or service users in terms of the Section 75 categories.

8/12/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Macular -
Creating Additional Space at the Macular
Service in order to improve and maximise
further the Service

 

Additional clinical space can be achieved in the existing footprint if the administrative function/staff could be relocated elsewhere.  In liaison with the Redevelopment Team the service managers have explored a number of options available to access additional space suitable for clinical and administrative functions.

10/12/15 Screened out   Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
School of Dentistry Referral Guidelines for: Oral Surgery; Oral Medicine; Restorative Dentistry; Paediatric Dentistry; Special Care Dentistry; Orthodontics

 

There is currently no policy in place. This information is to provide advice for referring practitioners on referring their patients for dental treatment to the Belfast Trust, School of Dentistry (SOD) as well as informing them of other services available within Northern Ireland.

The policies also promote the use of a standard referral form for Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery as well as guidance, the purpose of which is to assist and enable the patient’s referring practitioner to provide all of the information required on referral of patients to the Dental Services at SOD.

10/12/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.
       
Closure of Broadway Towers – RGH

Signed off sheet for closure of Broadway Towers - RGH 

As a wide range of strategic, operational and financial considerations have impacted upon the future viability of the site: declining demand, current financial cost of running the two buildings and long-term maintenance needs a re-appraisal of the future of the Towers has been undertaken.  As a consequence the decision has been made that the Trust will no longer continue to provide this accommodation and closure of the facilities will take place.

Given the very poor condition of the accommodation and the significant risks posed by it continuing to remain open it is proposed that the two Towers should be closed by the end of January 2015.  This proposal was presented to, and ratified by, the Trust’s Executive team on 14th May 2014.

21/12/15 Ongoing screening The Trust has decided to subject this proposal to ongoing screening to ensure that the impact is not more adverse than originally anticipated and that the mitigation is appropriate to minimise any negative impact.
       
Relocation of administrative staff from leased property to Trust accommodation

 

Relocation of staff from leased property to Trust accommodation.

21/12/15 Screened out with mitigation  Screened out with mitigation
       
Reorganisation of Nuclear Medicine Scanning Services currently provided from RVH level 1 imaging centre and BCH Cancer Centre and Tower Block.

 

This proposal relates to the re-configuration of delivery of nuclear medicine services currently delivered from BCH Tower Block, BCH Cancer Centre, and RVH Level 1 Imaging Centre. The main elements of the proposal are:

- Reducing the number of gamma cameras from 6 to 4. This will be achieved by cessation of the use of the gamma cameras currently located in the BCH Tower Block Lorimer Suite.
- BCH Tower Block Lorimer Suite Nuclear Medicine Scanning staff will deliver scanning services from RVH and BCH Cancer Centre nuclear medicine departments.
- All staff directly affected will be offered relevant training as required.
- There will be no reduction in nuclear medicine services offered to patients. These services will be delivered from two locations (RVH, BCH Cancer Centre) rather than the existing 3.

21/12/15 Screened out Screened out as per Equality Commission’s guidance on screening with no adverse impact with regard to equality of opportunity and/or good relations for people within the equality and good relations categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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