Healthwatch Shropshire Research Grants Awarded, 2013-14
Theme: to examine the experiences of hard to reach groups in health and social care.
Mind the Gap
Autonomy, a self-help and social group for people with diagnosed and undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome and high ability autism, was awarded £2,075. Their research project examined whether people with Asperger's syndrome and high ability autism suffer from health and social care inequalities and if so, why this happens and how they can be supported to gain better access to health and social care support.
The experiences of adults with visual impairment and sight loss of NHS Outpatient Eye Care services within Shropshire.
Shropshire Community Council (Sensory Impairment Service), which works with individuals and groups to improve quality of life for Shropshire people and contribute to thriving and sustainable communities, was awarded £2,845. Their research investigated whether the NHS eye care services provide an equal access or best practice policy for visually impaired people using their hospitals.
Deaf people’s access to health and social care services in Shropshire
VISS Sign Language Interpreting Service (Shropshire) Ltd are providers of professional communication services for deaf, deafblind and hard-of-hearing people predominately in health and social care settings. They have been awarded £1,000 to research whether current health and social care services are meeting the needs of the Deaf Community, and whether any gaps in service or recommendations for improvement be identified from a Community perspective.
Researching the hopes, fears, experiences, expectations of health & social care by older – and old ‐ lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Shropshire
Safe Ageing No Discrimination (SAND) aims to raise community awareness and help local authorities, care providers and carers to address the fear and discrimination that may be experienced by older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and carers. It was awarded £2,385 to research how the experiences and lives of LGBT people impact on the issues they may face around health and social care, now and in the future.