Research Grant 2013-14
Healthwatch Shropshire Research Grants Awarded, 2013-14You can read the final research reports as they become available here.
The first ever Healthwatch Shropshire Research Grant fund has announced the successful research proposals which have been awarded grants. The projects will explore the experiences of 'hard to reach' groups of people in relation to health and social care. Following a successful media campaign, there was an excellent response from organisations around the county, with some very interesting proposals put forward. A grant panel, which included external representatives from partner organisations, reviewed and assessed all the submitted applications.
Carole Hall Healthwatch Shropshire chair said:
"We see the Research Grant programme as a fundamental part of our role to make sure that everyone within Shropshire realises that their voice really does count. We had very clear criteria for assessing the proposals that we received. First and foremost, the outputs from the research needed to provide a clear insight for commissioning services for the groups in question, whether they were health or social care services. In addition, we wanted to be able to transfer the learning from the research more widely - either to other services for that group or to other groups or communities. We believe that we have achieved this. I am very grateful to Shropshire Council for their invaluable support for our research programme and their assistance, together with that of Caron Morton of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, in helping decide where the money should go."
Autonomy, a self-help and social group for people with diagnosed and undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome and high ability autism, has been awarded £2,075. Their research project will examine 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 Community Council of Shropshire (Sensory Impairment Service), which works with individuals and groups to improve quality of life for Shropshire people and contribute to thriving and sustainable communities, has been awarded £2,845. Their research will investigate whether the NHS eye care services provide an equal access or best practice policy for visually impaired people using their hospitals.
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.
Safe Ageing No Discrimination (SANDs) 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 has been 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.
Anybody wishing to discuss the awards or the Research Grant fund is welcome to contact Healthwatch Shropshire for more information.