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Physical Disability & Sensory Impairment Needs Analysis


  • The Building Better Lives (BBL) Policy was developed in 2012 as  an all age, all disabilities vision
  • This identified a gap in knowledge of, and specific work, with people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments
  • The Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairment Board was then established in November 2015
  • A needs analysis was produced  to improve our knowledge and understanding

How it was produced

  • This is the first time Gloucestershire has produced a needs analysis specifically for people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments
  • It was co-produced with people with lived experience
  • A substantial number of people with wide range of impairments engaged – 280 survey respondents, 140 focus group participants
  • It draws together qualitative and quantitative data

Key findings

  • People are  accessing different types of support/services, only a small proportion access specialist services.
  • Population projections show a  likely 63% increase in the number of Gloucestershire residents aged 65+ by 2037
  • Locality trends across the county show a likely future concentration of people with impairment in the urban areas
  • Some people accessing support experience multiple conditions and complexity of need
  • There is a current shortage of flexible, sustainable care provision
  • Emerging themes:  Access – transport & Environment, Health, wellbeing, sport & leisure, Employment, Autonomy, resilience & prevention, Flexible sustainable care  & support, Housing

How is it used

  • Findings and recommendations were approved by the Gloucestershire Physical Disability & Sensory Impairment Partnership Board
  • The final report presents Phase 1 as evidence to influence decision making to move forward
  • A number of quick wins for the Partnership Board have already been addressed
    • For example, the Partnership Board fed into the improved access standards to health premises in Gloucestershire
  • Findings have already been fed into many areas within the Council and Health
    • For example, care and support, disability commissioning, Public Health, and specific service reviews
  • There is a need for further work to more fully address the challenges posed by the demographic and socio-economic context

For more information:

  • Join the Gloucestershire Physical Disability & Sensory Impairment Partnership Board

By emailing Eva.Fielding@gloucestershire.gov.uk or calling 01452 328463

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