In May 2016, West Sussex County Council commissioned the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University to provide a comprehensive needs assessment of the life pathway for people with disabilities. A number of methods were used to obtain a qualitative assessment of the needs of people with disabilities across the life pathway, including workshops, interviews, and surveys of both staff and families.
As part of the ‘discover’ phase of a longer-term project to redesign of services, the comprehensive needs assessment of the life pathway for people with disabilities in West Sussex aimed to:
- Review evidence on good practice
- Describe and map current pathways
- Assess what is working well and what needs improvement
- Gather and review existing stakeholder views
- Gather information on support services, e.g. transport, community provision
- Compare West Sussex with other local authorities
The project was carried out in five stages: epidemiological analysis, evidence review, mapping of current needs and services, comparison with other local authorities, and the preparation of this final report and recommendations.
The overall Needs Assessment, plus four component reports can be found by clicking on the links below: