EVALUATING OF THE USE OF LINCUS AND THE HEALTH EQUALITIES FRAMEWORK (HEF)
Hft is a national charity that supports people with learning difficulties. They have deployed two forms of technology to help them provide improved support for their clients. Lincus provides easy to use tablet interfaces that enable people with limited language capability to communicate their needs and it can also capture a wide range of information about people with learning difficulties which can be used to manage the support they are given. Linus has been deployed with the Health Equalities Framework (HEF) which provides a series of scales enabling an assessment to be made of the degree to which people with learning difficulties are able to access support and services. The institute evaluated progress in the adoption of Lincus with the HEF in two Hft locations. The evaluation demonstrated there was considerable benefit for some people with learning difficulties in using Lincus to communicate their needs and that the use of the HEF highlighted inequalities of provision that led to local remedial action. The broader aim of using Lincus as a major management tool were to some extent hampered by difficulties in capturing all the necessary information.