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Equal treatment: closing the gap: information for practitioners

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

This report probed the experience of people with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities of primary care services in England and Wales (1) after international research showed that these two groups were at higher risk of serious physical health problems. From December 2006, the NHS – including Primary Care Trusts in England and Local Health Boards in Wales - will come under the Disability Equality Duty which places them under an obligation to ensure that their policies and practices do not discriminate, and do promote equal opportunities for disabled people. But a wide range of current practices, identified by the investigation, could clearly breach this duty. The investigation provides important new evidence that people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience major illness, to develop serious health conditions at an earlier age and to die of them sooner than other people. Yet they are also less likely to receive some of the important evidence-based treatments and health checks than others with the same condition but without a mental health condition or learning disability. They also face real barriers to accessing services.

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Equal treatment: closing the gap: information for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems and other disabled people

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

This report probed the experience of people with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities of primary care services in England and Wales (1) after international research showed that these two groups were at higher risk of serious physical health problems. From December 2006, the NHS – including Primary Care Trusts in England and Local Health Boards in Wales - will come under the Disability Equality Duty which places them under an obligation to ensure that their policies and practices do not discriminate, and do promote equal opportunities for disabled people. But a wide range of current practices, identified by the investigation, could clearly breach this duty. The investigation provides important new evidence that people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience major illness, to develop serious health conditions at an earlier age and to die of them sooner than other people. Yet they are also less likely to receive some of the important evidence-based treatments and health checks than others with the same condition but without a mental health condition or learning disability. They also face real barriers to accessing services.

Book Full text available online for free

The disability equality duty disabled people's toolkit: for disabled people enquiring about how a public authority has met its duty to promote disability equality

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
17p.
Place of publication:
Stratford upon Avon

This toolkit is for disabled people: As a disabled person you might find that a public authority you have contact with does not have a DES in place, or if it does it may not be meeting its other specific duties under the legislation, or it just isn’t meeting one or more elements of the general duty to promote disability equality. If you think that a public authority is not meeting its duties and you want to find out more information from them this toolkit can help. The toolkit is a series of standard letters which disabled people can use to ask further questions of public authorities they have an interest in. Copies should be kept of all correspondence.

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Closing the gap: important recommendations for primary care practitioners

Authors:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION, (Producer)
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
DVD
Place of publication:
London

From December 2006, the NHS – including Primary Care Trusts in England and Local Health Boards in Wales - will come under the Disability Equality Duty which places them under an obligation to ensure that their policies and practices do not discriminate, and do promote equal opportunities for disabled people. But a wide range of current practices, identified by the investigation, could clearly breach this duty.  This DVD is for GPs and primary care staff on the investigation which highlights current experiences and gives practical advice on improving service provision.

Book

Equal treatment: closing the gap: information for primary care trusts, local authorities and strategic health authorities

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

This report probed the experience of people with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities of primary care services in England and Wales (1) after international research showed that these two groups were at higher risk of serious physical health problems. From December 2006, the NHS – including Primary Care Trusts in England and Local Health Boards in Wales - will come under the Disability Equality Duty which places them under an obligation to ensure that their policies and practices do not discriminate, and do promote equal opportunities for disabled people. But a wide range of current practices, identified by the investigation, could clearly breach this duty. The investigation provides important new evidence that people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience major illness, to develop serious health conditions at an earlier age and to die of them sooner than other people. Yet they are also less likely to receive some of the important evidence-based treatments and health checks than others with the same condition but without a mental health condition or learning disability. They also face real barriers to accessing services.

Book Full text available online for free

Employment and the disability equality duty: the disability equality duty and employment: a straightforward guide

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
35p.
Place of publication:
Stratford upon Avon

The Disability Equality Duty is a new way to help do this. This is a new approach for public authorities to make them tackle disability discrimination in a proactive and practical way. This guidance is aimed at disabled people and their local disability organisations to help them gear up for this new duty and to communicate the vital role which they have to play in utilising the effectiveness of this duty to achieve better disability equality outcomes from public services.

Book

Making the duty work: a guide to the disability equality duty for disabled people and their organisations

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
Stratford upon Avon

How often have you felt frustrated when your local council, local hospital, local school or government department just doesn't take disability equality seriously and discriminates without even thinking? Now is the chance to help them to sort it out. The Disability Equality Duty is a new way to help do this. This is a new approach for public authorities to make them tackle disability discrimination in a proactive and practical way. This guidance is aimed at disabled people and their local disability organisations to help them gear up for this new duty and to communicate the vital role which they have to play in utilising the effectiveness of this duty to achieve better disability equality outcomes from public services.

Book Full text available online for free

The social care sector and the Disability Equality Duty: a guide to the Disability Equality Duty and the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 for social care organisations

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
49p.
Place of publication:
London

This new duty will have a significant impact on the whole social care sector and therefore anybody involved in, or who has an interest in social care, needs to both understand and get involved in this process. This guidance is the starting point for this.

Book Full text available online for free

Your rights at work: a guide for people with a learning disability and their supporters

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
Stratford upon Avon

This guide tells people with learning difficulties and their supporters about the kind of changes they can ask for when trying to get a job, or when employed.

Book Full text available online for free

The disability equality duty: guidance on gathering and analysing evidence to inform action

Author:
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Disability Rights Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
62p.
Place of publication:
Stratford upon Avon

This guidance considers the practical issues involved in gathering and analysing evidence about disabled people as part of the public sector Disability Equality Duty. Along with a range of further Guidance documents this guidance will be of support for disabled people in the effective implementation of the duty and help  meet organisations' overall strategic objectives. The Evidence Gathering Guidance includes a suggested standardised monitoring form.

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