Forum to focus on care services

THE work to help people identified as being at risk of illness and to support those who need help with their daily lives is coming under the spotlight in a six-month inquiry.

The topic is being examined by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult and Community Services Scrutiny Forum.

Councillors are investigating what services are provided by the town’s health and social care providers in early intervention and identification of people needing help and also how workers help those needing support.

The forum will examine the way people who are at risk of illness or other physical problems are identified and how work is done to halt or slow down any physical deterioration.

It will also look at the way skilled staff work with people who need support with their daily lives.

The forum will look at how these services are provided in Hartlepool and examine what the options are for providing the services in the future, particularly in the light of the financial pressures being faced by the NHS and the council. The next forum meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Committee Room B, in Hartlepool’s Civic Centre.

Reports from the council’s child and adult services department and other organisations involved in providing the services will be analysed.

Members of the public can attend the meeting and future meetings to share any experience they may have of early intervention and re-ablement services in Hartlepool.

Forum chairman Councillor Jane Shaw said: “These important services make a big difference to people’s lives.

“We are keen to ensure they are being provided as effectively as possible and – in the light of the substantial financial pressures facing the health service and the council – to explore what scope there is for these services being maintained in the future.”

For more information about this investigation, including how to submit evidence, contact scrutiny support officer Laura Stones on (01429) 523087 or email laura.stones@hartlepool.gov.uk