The hospital provision of reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities: findings from Freedom of Information requests

Heslop, P, Read, S and Dunwoodie Stirton, F (2018) 'The hospital provision of reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities: findings from Freedom of Information requests.' British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46 (4). pp. 258-267. ISSN 13544187

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/bld.12244

Abstract

Background:- The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on service providers to make “reasonable adjustments” for disabled people. The aim of this study was to explore key aspects relating to the provision of reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in hospitals. Methods:- The research questions were explored using Freedom of Information (FOI) requests submitted to 206 CCGs and 141 hospital trusts in England. Results:- One hundred and eighty‐six CCGs reported that they included the requirement to provide equal access to services in their contracts with providers. Eight CCGs provided evidence about how they ensured reasonable adjustments were provided. One hundred and twelve of 132 responding hospital trusts provided information about the number of inpatients with learning disabilities; eighty‐three of 132 provided data about outpatients and 88 of 132 provided data about A&E. Sixty‐four of 125 responding trusts explicitly stated that they did not undertake audits of learning disability services or did not make any such reports publicly accessible. Conclusions:- The findings contribute to concern about the gap between legislation and guidance, and its practical application “on the ground.” If CCGs are not assessing contractual compliance to provide equitable access to services for people with learning disabilities, and trusts are not aware of the number of people with learning disabilities using their services, or their access requirements, this raises concerns about their compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

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Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 12:07
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