What is the integrated impact assessment?

The Integrated Impact Assessment is a piece of research that tells the CCGs about the potential positive and negative impacts of proposed changes to services on people who live in the area. It also lists a set of potential solutions that may help to address some of the areas identified as having a negative impact on a particular group or community, for example reviewing transport solutions.

When does it happen?

The Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) takes place in three phases. Phase one is completed and referred to as an Initial Equalities Analysis.

The second phase of the IIA is running now and we will publish an interim report before any public consultation. The final phase of the impact assessment will be completed and published after any public consultation.

What have we done so far?

The IIA is completed by independent experts and overseen by an independently chaired steering group that includes experts from the NHS, local councils, voluntary organisations and public health departments.

It brings together a variety of impact assessments on health, equalities, travel and access and sustainability.

We have also done a considerable amount of research with the public including 12 focus groups with different demographic groups, including people living in deprived areas, people from ethnic minority groups and people with a limiting long-term illness.

As transport and access were identified as a common theme which local people felt needed further consideration, transport representatives from the Ambulance Trust, local councils and local community transport providers attended a solutions workshop. They explored further solutions to any potential issues or challenges identified during the early public engagement period.

What are the next steps?

The IIA report remains in draft until after any public consultation, so we can incorporate any further evidence presented during consultation

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