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Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Interpreting Service Orla Barron Health and Social Inequalities Manager Bel

Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Interpreting Service Orla Barron Health and Social Inequalities Manager Bel

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    2. Belfast Health & Social Care Trust Belfast Health & Social Care Trust is one of Europe’s largest health Trusts It provides acute and community services to 345,000 people in Belfast and to a wider community across NI through its regional specialist services Borne in 2007 – amalgamation of 6 Trusts in Belfast as result of Review of Public Administration Whose overall purpose is to “improve health and well-being and to reduce health inequalities”

    3. Context Since EU enlargement, NI has witnessed a sizeable demographic change - now home to a much more diverse population One of most significant inequalities for ethnic minorities /migrants is language barrier to accessing health and social care In 2007 BHSCT took on ownership and management of NI Health & Social Care Interpreting Service From a legal perspective, failure to provide an interpreter in health and social care could constitute indirect racial discrimination

    4. Legislative Framework Integral to Good Friday peace Agreement in Northern Ireland was introduction of comprehensive equality and human rights legislation to the Statute. Section 75 of the NI Act 1998 meant that equality considerations must be mainstreamed into every function that Public Bodies carry out: service provision, policy formulation, employment & procurement. 9 groups of people are protected in the legislation: Those of different Religious belief, Racial Group, Political opinion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or those with/without disability and those with/without caring responsibilities.

    5. Legislative Framework Human Rights Act 1998 : people should be able to access the highest attainable standard of physical/mental health Race Relations Order –not addressing the significant barrier of language could constitute ‘indirect racial discrimination’.It is unlawful for a public authority to discriminate against a person on the grounds of race or ethnic or national origins, or in the course of carrying out any functions of the authority which consist of the provision of healthcare.

    6. Background of NIHSCIS The Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Interpreting Service was launched in June 2004 NIHSCIS is a product of the Regional Health and Social Services Interpreting Project for Black and Minority Ethnic Groups. Driven by Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister, The Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure and the Department of Education. Aims to significantly improve access to Heath and Social Care for Patients who do not speak English as a first or competent second language

    7. NI Health and Social Care Interpreting Service 24 hour service Face to face Interpreting only Free-of-charge to HSC Practitioner and Patient Over 150,000 requests received 278 Trained, professional, quality-controlled interpreters 34 languages NIHSCIS Team Consists of the Manager, Administrator and 3 Operators

    10. INTERPRETERS: Ethical Case Not providing Interpreters means a significant proportion of minority ethnic groups do not have access to the same services in the same way as the rest of the population – impacts on equality of access. Governance issue – someone cannot give informed consent to a procedure or treatment unless they can understand the information provided to them The Ethical Case can also be illustrated by the potential consequences of not providing a trained Interpreter. In the worst-case scenario misdiagnosis or misunderstanding could seriously aggravate an illness, or cause the death of a patient

    11. INTERPRETERS: Business Case There is a strong business case for supplying Interpreters as costs are quickly recovered in the medium term Communication barriers prolong appointments, takes more staff time, with a strong potential for misdiagnosis, misunderstanding and non-consent to examination, treatment or care There are cases of persons who were not provided with Interpreters returning to see their GP on numerous occasions and going through various treatments until their condition was addressed Refusing to provide an Interpreter leaves Health and Social Care open to Litigation

    12. DANGERS OF USING UNTRAINED INTERPRETERS Interpreting is a specific skill and profession. Using an untrained person as an ‘Interpreter’ is bad practice and can be dangerous Dangers include: Lack of fluency in English or the other Language Inaccurate Interpreting/lack of Interpreting Skills No obligation to maintain confidentiality, honesty and impartiality Lack of knowledge in the subject matter and terminology Possible misuse of trust, power and information Conflict of Interests

    13. NIHSCIS Top 10 Languages Polish Lithuanian Portuguese Chinese – Cantonese Chinese – Mandarin Slovak Russian Tetum Latvian Hungarian

    14. Statistics –Requests per Year

    15. Increasing demand

    16. The Future Continue to increase capacity of service 2008/2009 – met 87% of all requests. Work to reduce non-provisions Develop range/ scope of languages to meet evolving demographic profile Ongoing engagement with key stakeholders – stakeholder forum Revamp Code of Practice Upgrade software/database technology Consider provision of sign language interpreters – another minority language Showcase good practice – NHS Scotland Facilitate review of service to continuously monitor our progress

    17. Personal Testimonies

    18. To conclude, a few quotations: It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Mohandas Gandhi Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan