Appendix 1 List of Actions

ACTIONS

RESPONSIBILITY

TIMEFRAME

RESOURCES

1. Implementation of the Multi-Annual Investment Programme to progressively address identified needs

Department of Health and Children

2006-2009

IMPLEMENTATION OF PART 2

2. Commence Part 2 with reference to children aged under 5 years old

Department of Health and Children

1st June 2007

3. Commence Part 2 in respect of children aged 5-18

Department of Health and Children

In tandem with the implementation of the EPSEN Act

4. The statutory requirements of Part 2 will be extended to adults

Department of Health and Children

No later than the end of 2011

5. Put in place a Cross-Sectoral team consisting of senior officials from the Departments of Health and Education, the HSE and the NCSE, to ensure that arrangements for the implementation of Part 2 of the Disability Act and the EPSEN Act are progressed in tandem, having due regard to the resources and capacity of both sectors concerned.

Department of Health and Children

Autumn 2006

6. Appoint, and provide appropriate training for, Assessment Officers

Health Service Executive

April 2007

7. Designate, and provide appropriate training for, Liaison Officers.

Health Service Executive

April 2007

8. Disseminate information to all relevant stakeholders (including service users, their families and carers) on the assessment process proposed.

Health Service Executive

May 2007

9. Develop protocols and criteria to guide the assessment process locally and nationally

Health Service Executive

May 2007

10. Prepare regulations governing the assessment of need process

Department of Health and Children

April 2007

11. Draw up of standards for the assessment of need process

Department of Health and Children and Health Information and Quality Authority

April 2007

12. Make arrangements for the agreement of protocols for liaison with the NCSE with regard to educational needs for adults

Health Service Executive

Within the next twelve months

13. Make arrangements for the agreement of protocols with local authorities and relevant Government Departments and agencies for the sharing of information in relation to assessed needs which are outside the remit of the health or education sectors

Health Service Executive

Within the next twelve months

14. Agree a format for service statements

Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive

May 2007

15. Establishment of a joint workforce planning group with the HR Directorate of the HSE to ensure appropriate and integrated workforce planning activity

Department of Health and Children

In place

16. Address skill mix issues and to ensure that appropriate education is provided to all assistant grades

Department of Health and Children and the HSE Employers Agency

Ongoing

17. Make arrangements for the administrative structures necessary for the processing of complaints under Part 2 to be put in place within the new statutory complaints framework currently being developed

Health Service Executive

May 2007

18. Make arrangements for simple, easy to understand information to be developed for service users wishing to make a complaint

Health Service Executive

May 2007

19. Arrange for provisions in relation to the making of complaints to be inserted into the regulations prepared under section 21

Department of Health and Children

May 2007

20. Arrange for the appointment of an Appeals Officer and staff, and the allocation of resources from within the Department's Vote for the appeals function

Department of Health and Children

May 2007

21. Make arrangements for a review of the existing information management systems within the disability and mental health services, to identify what additional resources and infrastructure would be required to meet the obligations under section 13.

Health Service Executive

May 2007

CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL AND CROSS-SECTORAL ISSUES

22. Protocols will be agreed with the housing authorities to deal with the following:

  1. ensure that housing strategies and housing action plans reflect specific strategies for dealing with the housing needs of people with disabilities
  2. assessment of housing needs
  3. support costs for social housing projects provided for people with disabilities

Health Service Executive

June 2007

23. Protocol agreed with the Department of Social and Family Affairs to deal with the following:

(i) develop income and related supports for people with disabilities in order to ensure that they have adequate, secure and sustainable income

Department of Health and Children

(i) 2006-2009

(ii) ensure that income supports and associated benefits do not create financial barriers to people with disabilities participating in the labour force or availing of training/ educational opportunities

(ii) Ongoing

(iii) ensure that supports to Carers are efficient and effective and are adaptable to their needs in a changing care environment

(iii) Ongoing

24. Protocols will be agreed with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to deal with the following:

  1. to achieve an agreed understanding of the implications for both departments (and their respective agencies) of the government decision to transfer responsibility for sheltered and supported employment from the Department of Health & Children to the Department of Enterprise & Employment
  2. to agree an action plan for the phased transfer of funding and responsibilities from the health sector to the Dept of Enterprise and Employment
  3. to plan and develop Joint Bridging Programmes between health- funded day services and DETE/FÁS training and employment services to ensure a more effective progression of service users from HSE services to DETE/FÁS services
  4. To promote the development of cross cutting information and monitoring systems in relation to supported and sheltered services for the purposes of future service development

Department of Health and Children

 
IMPLEMENTATION OF PARTS 3 & 5

25. Provision of disability awareness training for all staff

Department of Health and Children

On going

26. Preparation of a staff handbook containing information on disability services available in the Department

Department of Health and Children

End of December, 2006

27. Provision of interpreter services for all conferences and consultation processes hosted by the Department

Department of Health and Children

July, 2006

28. Issue internal guidelines to staff on arrangements for the provision of information in all accessible formats

Department of Health and Children

September, 2006

29. Include the offer to accommodate special needs in all invitations to meetings with Department Officials

Department of Health and Children

July, 2006

30. Commencement of an audit of existing public buildings with regard to their accessibility to persons with disabilities in 2006, which will lead to an agreed and planned programme of remedial works, to be implemented over the period covered by the National Development Plan 2007 to 2013

Health Service Executive

By the end of 2006

31. Access Officers will be put in place and an appropriate training programme for Access Officers will be developed and delivered to ensure consistency across the health system

Health Service Executive

By the end of 2006

32. An audit of services will be planned and undertaken to establish how integrated service provision is and to identify and put in place a plan of action designed to ensure accessibility

Health Service Executive

Planned by the end of 2006

33. Build on work currently ongoing in relation to Disability Awareness Training, with a view to putting in place a planned and co-ordinated approach to the delivery of such training across the health system

Health Service Executive

Ongoing

34. Complete a review its existing procurement policies, practices and procedures with a view to ensuring that they are in compliance with the provisions of the Act

Health Service Executive

By the end of 2006

35. Provide guidance and protocols to service areas on ensuring that all client communications are accessible

Health Service Executive

 

36. Request all services to review their communications at local, regional and national level with a view to ensuring that, as far as practicable, the contents are accessible to persons with visual or hearing impairments and those with intellectual disabilities

Health Service Executive

 

37. Develop a policy of ensuring all printed and electronic information for the public uses simple clear language, and is tested for those with basic literacy skills

Health Service Executive

 

38. Work with non-statutory service providers to ensure that, where practical and appropriate, the provisions of Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005 are complied with

Health Service Executive

 

39. Accessibility audits of premises with a view to complying, as far as practicable, with the provisions of the Act

Statutory bodies which come under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

 

40. Designation of Access Officers

Statutory bodies which come under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

 

41. Audit of services to establish how integrated service provision is, and take appropriate measures on foot of the results of those audits to ensure that the services which are provided to the general public are accessible to people with disabilities where practicand appropriate. ble a

Statutory bodies which come under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

By the end of 2006

42. Ensure that the goods or services that are supplied to them are accessible to people with disabilities unless it would not be practicable or justifiable on cost grounds to do so or would result in an unreasonable delay

Statutory bodies which come under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

Ongoing

43. Ensure, as far as practicable, that information which is provided to the public is provided in an accessible format, where so requested by persons with hearing impairments, visual impairments or persons with intellectual disabilities

Statutory bodies which come under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

Ongoing

44. Ensure that arrangements are in place in line with the provisions of Part 3 to deal with complaints and that information regarding those arrangements is generally available to the public using their services and that the procedures in place are simple and easy to use

Statutory bodies which come under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

Already in place

MONITORING AND REVIEW

45. Establish a National Disability Advisory Committee, representative of people with disabilities and other key stakeholders to:

  1. Provide a forum to inform policy at national level in relation to services for people with disabilities
  2. Form part of the overall monitoring mechanism in relation to the implementation of the National Disability Strategy in so far as it relates to the health services
  3. Advise the Minister for Health and Children on progress in the implementation of the Disability Act 2005 within the health services

Department of Health and Children

By the end of 2006

46. Review progress and identify new actions with specific timeframes and targets, as appropriate

Department of Health and Children

July 2007