Agenda and draft minutes

Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel - Tuesday 21st November, 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 - 17 October 2023 pdf icon PDF 307 KB


The minutes of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny meeting held on 17 November were submitted and approved as a correct record.



Integration of Health and Social care- verbal update

Standard Item- The Director of Place will provide a verbal update on the Integration of Health and Social Care.


The Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration outlined that in terms of significant changes, it was worth noting that the NHS were going through a cycle of cost reductions across the North East and Cumbria. This would indefinitely have an impact but the level of which was yet to be known.


AGREED- That the update be noted.


Setting the Scene- Prevention pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Erik Scollay, Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration, Suzanne Hodge; Head of Prevention and Partnerships and Chris Thompson, Prevention and Support Services Lead Officer will be in attendance to present on the range of Prevention services.


After the meeting, the Panel will compile some draft terms of reference for the topic and bring these back to the December meeting.


The Chair welcomed Suzanne Hodge, Head of Prevention and Partnerships and Chris Thompson, Prevention and Support Services Lead Officer to the meeting.


This was the first meeting of the new topic in relation to the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel’s investigation into prevention, as a way of keeping older people in their own home for longer.


The Head of Prevention and Partnerships outlined that there are primary, secondary and tertiary elements of prevention. Public health is generally primary prevention, with Adult Social Care providing the secondary and tertiary preventions.

There is a huge spread of activity and therefore the officers thought it would be useful to talk through the Middlesbrough Independent Living services (MILS).

The Panel learnt that Within Middlesbrough Council Adult Social Care, there are creating an interlinked care and support system that spans the public, private and third sectors, a system that is geared towards prevention, wellbeing, choice and control. This is being led by a range of preventative services that have been embed at a local level.


The aim and ambition is as follows:


·        To ensure that every person finds Adult Social Care fair and accessible. That people have choice, control and support to live independent lives,

·        All Adult social care staff will take a preventative approach to support, ensuring earlier intervention and reducing demand for statutory health and social care interventions,

·        This is being delivered through an improved, integrated and better coordinated offer; that will see, a re-focus on prevention from initial contact at the Access front door, to preventative options being prioritised by all Adult social care staff.

In terms of realising the Council’s ambition, the Panel were advised that there that been a reallocation of the Council’s Preventative services, which were now all located at Cavendish House, Marton Road, Middlesbrough.

The model of delivery for the service was as follows:

·        Person centred/ Holistic approach

·        Prioritise and act upon feedback from service users

·        Responsive to service need through bespoke service creation.

The MILS has been recognised as delivering effectively and successfully as there is a central point of referral. The service has also received national recognition and success.

In terms of the most recent nominations and award successes, the Prevention and Support Services Lead Officer provided the Panel with the following information:



The Staying put agency has been shortlisted for the following three Healthy Housing Awards for 2023, winners will be announced on the 5th December 2023.


Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency

·        DFG Adaptation Service of the of the Year 2023 - Foundations National Healthy House Awards

·        Achievement of the Year 2023 - Foundations National Healthy House Awards (Rekindle Digital Inclusion Service shortlisted)

·        Technical Officer of the Year 2023 - Foundations National Healthy House Awards (Simon Waller)


The staying put agency were also on the LGC finalist earlier in the year.

Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency
Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards 2023 – Health and Social Care – Finalist


·        Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency
Home Improvement Agency of the Year  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23/26


Chair's OSB Update


The Chair provided a verbal update of the items discussed at the Overview and Scrutiny Board on 15 November 2023.


The Chair outlined that there was a comprehensive presentation from the Executive Member for Finance and Governance, as well as updates from all Scrutiny Panel Chairs’.



That the update be noted.


Date of next meeting and items for agenda


The Chair advised that the next meeting would take place on Tuesday 19 December 2023 at 4pm.


Darren Best, Chair of Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board would be in attendance to provide an overview of the Annual report.


The Democratic Services officer would also extend an invitation to Mark Adams, Joint Director of Public Health, Public Health South Tees to provide an overview of the Prevention Programme within Public Health, prior to the panel setting out their terms of reference for the review.      






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


Budget Consultation


1.     With regard to the proposed 2024/2025 budget consultation process a Councillor asked how the scrutiny panel will be able to influence the budget set for Adult Social Care for 2024 /2025 ?

2.     It was suggested that in order to assist the scrutiny panel in the process it would be helpful if the panel could have details of the current {2023/2024} adult social care budget and  

3.     Current spending levels and pressures.

4.     Any savings identified in the current year.

5.     Will these budget pressures be carried forward into 2024 / 2025 ?

6.     If Councils running Social Care functions are allowed by the Government to increase Council Tax by an additional 2%,  if adopted, how much will this raise and will this be ring fenced for Social Care ?


It was advised that there would be a special meeting of the panel on 9 January 2023 to discuss the budget.