Agenda and draft minutes

Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel - Thursday 13th July, 2023 4.00 pm

Venue: Spencer Room

Contact: Susie Blood 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


There were no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.


Minutes- Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel - 29 March 2023 pdf icon PDF 125 KB


Item deferred.


An Introduction to Adult Social Care and Services

Erik Scollay, Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration will be in attendance to provide an overview of the work undertaken in Adult Social Care.


The Director will also provide an outline of priorities, key issues and challenges for the year ahead.


The Panel will also have an opportunity meet service managers of the service directorate.


The Chair welcomed the panel to the first meeting of the municipal year and a round of introductions was provided. In attendance was Erik Scollay, Director of Adult social care and Heath integration, who had been asked to provide a briefing in relation to the service area, including key strategic priorities and challenges for the coming year. The Director advised that he also had a statutory responsibility for Director of Adult social service (DASS).


The Director provided the panel with an overview of the following:

1.     Adult social care and public protection teams- who we are, what we do.

2.     Overview of basic legislation

3.     Current key issues.


Adult social care and public protection teams- who we are, what we do.


The Panel were advised that in terms of staff, the service had approximately 550 staff, with 115 full time social workers. The service has a small senior staff team, consisting of the following:

1.     Judith Hedgley, Head of Public Protection,

2.     Ruth Musicka, Head of Access and Safeguarding

3.     Suzanne Hodge, Head of Prevention, Provider and Support Services

4.     VACANT - Head of Specialist and Lifelong services. Sarah Disbury from North Yorkshire would be joining the Council in the next few months.

5.     Aside to the Heads of service for adult social care were two further officer. Mark Adams, Director of Public Health (Public Health South Tees) and  Kathryn Warnock, South Tees Integration Programme Manager.


The Heads of service were in attendance and introduced themselves to the panel.

They advised that they would return at a later date if requested by the panel.


The Director advised the panel of the Directorate teams:


        Social Work Teams – Access, Adult Safeguarding, East and West Locality Teams, Hospital at JCUH, LD and Transitions, Older People’s Mental Health, Psychosis, Affective Disorder, Forensics, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Team (BIAs), Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs)

        Estates Team

        Tees Community Equipment Service

        Occupational Therapy Team

        ACT - Homelessness Team, Rough Sleeper Support and Domestic Abuse Support

        Residential Respite – Levick Court

        Day Care – The Orchard, North Ormesby Resource Centre, Community Inclusion Service, Autism Day Unit

        Independent Living Services – Staying Put Agency, Connect and Assistive Tech, Staying Included, Rekindle Digital Inclusion, Independence Hub, Blue Badge, Sensory Loss Service, Reablement Service, Hospital to Home

        Selective Landlord Licensing Team

        Public Protection - Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Housing Standards Team

        Licensing Team                                                                

        Metrology Service


Overview of basic legislation

In terms of legal literacy, the Director advised the panel that the service area work with many, however they are two fundamental Acts which underpin the work within adult social care:


1.     The Care Act 2014 (including the wellbeing principle for eligibility)

The Care Act 2014 came into effect in April 2015 and replaced most previous laws regarding both carers and people being cared for.  

The Care Act outlines: 

·        the way in which local authorities should carry out carers’ assessments and needs assessments (for the looked after person)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23/3


Next steps- items for the next meeting


The Chair advised the panel that at the next meeting of the panel, the Democratic services officers would be working with the panel to discuss possible scrutiny topics for the next municiple year.


The panel would have an opporunity to put forward suggestions, as well as accessing the information that has been provided by the Director.



Proposed Schedule of meetings 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

The panel is asked to note the report and approve the proposed schedule of dates for the municipal year 2023/24.


A proposed meeting schedule, for the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel, was submitted for the scrutiny panel's consideration.




That the proposed meeting schedule, for 2023/24, be approved.



Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.


No Items.