Healthwatch South Tees Annual Report

The latest Healthwatch South Tees (HWST) Annual Report includes experiences of local communities accessing GP services and how this has been managed, as well as information about the South Tees Children's Autism Pathway and how HWST responded to COVID-19. 

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We Care You Care E-bulletins

We produce and share regular e-bulletins with a wide range of local professionals working with or alongside carers. 

Our e-bulletins include:

  • Information on the Communication and Campaigns project
  • Local and national news
  • Reports
  • Funding opportunities

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We Care You Care Website Review

We are seeking reviews from website visitors to help us to improve the We Care You Care website moving forward. 

The website review is now live until midday on Friday 23 July 2021. 

We have created an online survey that will take between 5-10 minutes for people to complete: 

We have also created a printable pdf that can be completed and posted back to us for anybody who is unable to complete the form online:

ADASS Activity Survey 2021

The ADASS Activity Survey was conducted by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and was sent to every Director of Adult Social Services (Directors). The survey was completed between April and June by 147 (97%) of the 152 principal councils in England responsible for adult social services. 

This particular report focuses on five key activities delivered and overseen by local authorities.

RCBCs Short Breaks for Disabled Children Framework

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Short Breaks for Disabled Children Framework has recently re-opened for new bids (see attached poster).  Providers who have experience in supporting and caring for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs are encouraged to apply to join.  To apply to join the Framework you would need to register on NEPO and submit a bid, all registered providers must have an overall rating of Good or above at the time of submission.

The benefits of joining the framework are:

Breaks or Breakdown

Research released for Carers Week has found that carers lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic.

72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all. Of those who got a break, a third (33%) used the time to complete practical tasks or housework, and a quarter (26%) to attend their own medical appointments.

We Need Care Too- Young Carers Stories (The Junction Foundation, June 2021)

The Junction Foundation received a small carers grant from Middlesbrough Council which they have used to raise the profile of young carers in Middlesbrough through a poster campaign. They have worked with a group of young carers to create a series of posters that showcase their individual caring journey. 

The poster campaign is set to launch for Carers Week 2021, 7-13 June. Posters will be printed and distributed in a range of public spaces in advance of Carers Week including GP's surgeries, Pharmacies and schools, which are the key places young carers highlighted. 

Whose Social Care Is It Anyway?

The ‘Whose Social Care is it Anyway?’ Inquiry group issue first findings.  

This inquiry is led by people who draw on social care to lead their lives or who support loved ones to do so. They were tired of being left out of discussions about reform or of being the ‘tick box service user’ so they took matters into their own hands and started the Whose Social Care is it Anyway? Inquiry.

They knew they didn’t know everything so asked people whether they currently experience their vision (below) in their lives and their ideas for change.

Managing someone else's affairs (Carers UK, May 2021)

Carers UK has carried out research looking at carers’ experiences when acting on behalf of the person they care for. This work has been supported by British Gas. For some carers, especially those who have very significant or stressful caring responsibilities, having to communicate with services that do not understand them, or their needs, can be very challenging.

This report shows the findings which include: