12/01/2017 Public Bodies List
The BSL National Advisory Group is in the process of drafting the first BSL National Plan. The consultation on this should start in early Spring and run for about three months. The BSL National Plan needs to be published by 22nd October 2017.
The consultation will be open to everyone with an interest – all public bodies, people whose first or preferred language is BSL, organisations that support and/or work with deaf people (the Deaf Sector), equality organisations and the general public.
There are 41 public bodies as well as the Scottish Government are covered by the BSL National Plan. These are bodies with a national focus that are directly accountable to Scottish Ministers. Below is the list of those covered.
The Scottish Government, including eight Executive Agencies:
Non Departmental Public Bodies:
NHS Special Boards with a national remit:
Other public bodies;
Wednesday 7th December 2016: The Scottish Government’s Disability Delivery Plan
The Scottish Government has published its Delivery Plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To read the plan, go to http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/3778/downloads. The Plan is available in Easy Read and in BSL.
The BSL Summary is available here: https://vimeopro.com/deafaction/a-fairer-scotland-for-disabled-people
23/06/16: The Scottish Legal Aid Board’s invitation to people with a hearing loss to take part in research about access to civil legal services
The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB – http://www.slab.org.uk/index.html)working) with the Scottish Council on Deafness (www.scod.org.uk), the British Deaf Association (http://www.bda.org.uk/ ), the EHRC (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/commission-scotland) and the Deaf Sector Partnership (http://deafsectorpartnership.net/) is working on a piece of research exploring access to civil legal services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened and Deafblind people.
The findings from this research will be used to help improve access to civil legal services for people with hearing loss. We would like your help in publicising this research to deaf people who may have used these services.
People can take part in one of two ways:
- An online survey (for those who prefer to communicate in written English) is available now and the link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/civillegalservices ; or
- Deafblind people can contact Deafblind Scotland directly to take part: by telephone on 0141 777 6111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf BSL users can use contactSCOTLAND to take part in a telephone survey. This is currently being developed and will go live shortly.
There is an information sheet, which gives more background as to who SLAB are, what will be done with the information, and what is involved in taking part in the research.
Please do publicise the research as widely as possible to your members, service users and contacts. The more people who take part, the more impact the findings of the research can have.
It is also helpful if SLAB know how many people you publicise this to. If you could let the SLAB researchers know when you make something available that would be much appreciated.
More information will follow on how Deaf BSL users can take part in BSL.
28/06/2016: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – Job Opportunity
Health Promotion Practitioner (Mental Health / Deaf Community)
Where: North West Sector/Glasgow City CHP
Contract: Fixed Term, 9 months
Closing Date: 8th July 2016
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are committed to addressing the health inequalities faced by Deaf people. The Corporate Inequalities Team and Mental Health services are committed to address the mental health needs of Deaf people. The successful candidate will work within the Community Health and (Care) Partnerships and be line-managed by the Health Improvement Team with support from the Corporate Inequalities Team. You will be responsible for engaging with communities with sensory impairments to test accessibility of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Mental Health Services across all patient pathways from prevention to tertiary care specifically focussing on the need of those Deaf people whose first language is not English. It is essential you are educated to Degree Level or equivalent and desirable you have a postgraduate Diploma in health related discipline. You should also have significant experience working in a relevant, specific topic, setting, and skill based health improvement arena.
For more information, go to https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/_Details.aspx?vacNo=435256
18/12/2015: Letter from the Minister to all Public Bodies
For further information please see the letter and leaflet below.
For the full list of public bodies, see appendix 1 of the letter below.
Letter for Public Bodies
BSL (Scotland) Bill Public Authority Survey – Full Report
BSL (Scotland) Bill Public Authority Survey – Summary
Deaf Sector Partnership Leaflet Updated April 2016
DSP Leaflet – Introduction to the Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) (Page 1)
DSP Leaflet – Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) – Who We Are? (Page 2)
DSP Leaflet – About the Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) Partners (Pages 3-6)
DSP Leaflet – British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Act 2015 (Page 6)