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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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.

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.

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:

Carers and Physical Activity: A study of the barriers, motivations and experiences of unpaid carers aged 55 and over in England

Carers UK's new ‘Carers and Physical Activity' report looks at ways to support carers over the age of 55 in England to take part in more physical activity, to both reduce loneliness and improve their wellbeing.

The report was supported by Sport England, with funds from the National Lottery.

The research examines the barriers for carers in being active, and shares best practice examples and recommendations to make physical activity more accessible to reduce the health inequalities carers face.

Experiences of GP access, Ongoing Treatments and Wellbeing Throughout the Pandemic (Healthwatch South Tees 21 April 2021)

Following text from Healthwatch South Tees:

In October 2020 we launched our GPs, Ongoing Treatments and Wellbeing survey.

We decided to do this following the intelligence we received from our previous lockdown report, our Information and Signposting service and our Community Champions - which all suggested the below issues required more exploration: