The purpose of the South Tees Carers’ Forum is:
- To help develop a shared vision and promote robust coordinated services to support both adult and young Carers across South Tees
- To facilitate and enable the voice of Carers to feed into the work of the Forum and reflect their views and needs based on co-production principles developed by the forum
- To be a conduit for influencing the development of Carers’ services across all statutory agencies and in partnership with the voluntary and community sector.
Members of the Forum include representatives from organisations across the South Tees, including: Middlesbrough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (who together form the South Tees Joint Commissioning Group for Carers Services in South Tees); Carers and those representing Carers; voluntary and community sector organisations and infrastructure organisations (MVDA and RCVDA); public health; primary and acute care; education; business; and housing. Membership of the Forum is flexible and a range of task and finish groups will draw on additional expertise from other organisations on particular strategy themes, as well as on the lived experience of Carers.
The South Tees Carers' Forum acts as an advisory body and is helping to develop the South Tees Carers Strategy and Action Plan. These are due to be agreed by the Forum by the end of February 2021. The strategy will set out the priorities across the South Tees region for the identification and support of informal carers of all ages. It will also be supported by action plans and together, these will inform the commissioning of services by the South Tees Joint Commissioning Group and help align wider partnership resources and expertise to meet the needs of Carers.
Work is being taken forward by the Forum, which met originally in December 2019 to discuss the detail of the draft strategy. This has been followed up, later than expected due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in November 2020. Reports of both sessions are available below for reference. Between November and February, five task groups of partners are working together to review the strategy’s five key themes and to develop these action plans. The strategy themes reflect those in the National Action Plan for carers and take account of national policy and activity, but are specifically looking at the situation and needs in South Tees, with actions that will help address these:
- Services and systems that work for Carers
- Employment and financial well being
- Supporting Young Carers
- Recognising and supporting Carers in the wider community and society
- Building research and evidence to improve outcomes for Carers
Each task group will be taking account of what already is in place, the impact of Covid-19, communications and engagement, identifying carers and feeding in views of Carers directly or through groups, organisations, surveys and research reports.
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The independent chair for the forum is Declan Baharini. E-mail, email@example.com