Monday, 13 August 2018

Deaf Health support (Scotland).

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How poor reporting distorts figures on access.  'many 1,000s of BSL users' (Actually 951, 159 who are children), the quoted stat is for ALL Scotland, not Fife. 

Fife NHS has yet to produce a breakdown of specific areas who used the translation service, or how often, or even if the family did it all.  Hardly possible to determine how many terps there are because most are self employed and unmonitored.  Free-lance BSL translators are opposing a unified approach to deaf access.  It led to huge welfare losses for deaf people in the rest of the UK as they refused to work with the DWP.  In health areas, or 999 the situation is similar, they are resisting an identified pool of deaf support or attempts to unify wages.

Hea2lth chiefs are trialling new electronic interpretation devices as demand continues to rise from an increasingly diverse population.

The service is used by those for whom English is not their first language and people with sensory impairments such as sight and hearing issues. Requests have increased for both community language and British Sign Language interpreters.

The translation team has also seen a significant rise in the number of requests from staff for longer and more complex interpreting sessions where adult and child protection issues are often factors. Director of nursing Helen Wright said the rise in demand had been considerable.

“We have a diverse group of people coming in and using our service,” she said. “Also, the promotion of the service, which is the right thing to do, has had an impact on demand. “It’s used by thousands across NHS Fife.

“It might be a family that comes into a session where English is not their first language, it might be telephone contact, it might be help with choosing a doctor. There’s a whole raft of things.” The service is part of a national action plan to tackle inequality around access to health and social care.

The increase in demand has prompted the health board to start talks with Fife Council to see if a joint service could be delivered more cheaply. It has also changed the criteria for face-to-face interpreting to help manage appointments. “It doesn’t always have to be face-to face,” said Ms Wright. “In some cases technology can be used and we’re looking at that in some GP practices.  “There’s a lot of work going on and that continues.”

As a public sector body, NHS Fife has a duty to comply with the Equality Act (2010) and must demonstrate actions to eliminate discrimination and foster good relations between different groups.

Staff receive equality training and relationships have been formed with local equality groups, including Transgender Fife, Young Carers and the deaf community.


Deaf churches for Deaf people?

Worcestershire Royal Hospital chaplain Reverend David Southall
So, instead of addressing poor access to the main event, they want to create isolated deaf-only churches instead? 

Why is every 'cultural' response to poor access/inclusion just an excuse to segregate the deaf even more?  Deaf suffering the Greta Garbo syndrome need to change their priorities. It would ONLY work in concentrated areas of the deaf population and would not offer access to deaf elsewhere.  'Deaf-Only' areas have to be blocked, they deny access, discourage the disenfranchised to move outward,  and encourage deaf extremism,  creating more martyrs.

This has emerged a situation because the church is no longer able to access deaf clubs, they are closing everywhere.  Church attendances are considerable lower than deaf club attendances are.

The Article (Which was accompanied by a  very patronising remark about 'allowing' some hearing in to translate for them).

“Why doesn’t Worcester have a Deaf Church?” That’s a question that has been buzzing around my mind for a month or two now. But on Wednesday I had the fantastic privilege of meeting with Rev Susan Myatt, who is the first deaf minister in the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Susan runs some Deaf Churches in Staffordshire and I had the chance to hear from her about the work she is doing. Her stories were inspirational and amazing. But at times it was horrifying to hear of the way that deaf people have been treated in and by the Church. In her churches, the language is British Sign Language. And the leaders of the church are deaf, and the congregation is deaf with a few hearing people (for whom they graciously employ an interpreter).

“But is there a need for a Deaf Church?” you ask. Well, that is like asking if there is a need for a Polish church for a group of Polish-speaking Christians.

[Yep, no need for them either!].