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Who we are and what we do

Who we are

North Tyneside Adult Social Care service is part of the Health, Education, Care and Safeguarding service at North Tyneside Council. 

We work to support people who are vulnerable or at risk, by providing personal and practical support to help them live their lives independently.

Caption: Service structure
Role Name
Director of Children's and Adults' Services
(Head of Health, Education, Care and Safeguarding service)
Jacqui Old
Wellbeing and Assessment (ASC) Alison Tombs
Business and Quality Assurance (HECS) Ellie Anderson
Strategy and Transformation (HECS) Haley Hudson
Service Integration (ASC) Eleanor Binks
Disability and Mental Health (ASC) Sue Wood

What we do

The Adult Social Care service in North Tyneside supports people aged 18 years or over who are vulnerable or at risk. This includes:

  • Older people 
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with mental health needs
  • People who are having difficulty with their hearing or sight
  • Young people and adults who care for relatives or friends

We support people in a number of ways:

  • We provide advice and information to support people to understand what services and supports are available to them.
  • We work with people and their communities to provide or arrange services that help to keep people well and independent. This includes identifying local support and resources already available and helping people to access them.
  • We can provide equipment, adaptations and advice to support people to stay safe inside and outside of their home.
  • We can support people to return back to their home following a stay in hospital, helping them to get back on their feet.
  • We work with residents to assess their needs and agree a support plan which gives them choice and control to live independently. 
  • We support people who are providing care and support to their relatives or friends. 

We work with our commissioners and other partners, like the NHS, to think about what types of support local people may need now and in the future.

How we can help

My Care North Tyneside provides advice and information about a range of issues and directs you to relevant support in North Tyneside. You can use My Care to find out about help and support in your area, as well as information about organisations that can help you. You can also explore your own care and support needs using the online questionnaires, which will provide you with advice, information and support to help you. You will also be able to find out how much you may have to pay for your care by using the online financial calculator. 

My Care North Tyneside also includes the SIGN North Tyneside Directory, where you can find out about support, groups and activities that are happening across North Tyneside.

If you feel that you may need support from Adult Social Care, you can contact:

Gateway service
Telephone: (0191) 643 2777
Email: asccontact.centre@northtyneside.gov.uk

Available Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 is a new law that has resulted in some significant changes nationally in the way care for adults is provided and paid for. It is part of a wider national reform for both social care and health to improve how services are delivered in a more joined-up way. 

North Tyneside Council has already implemented many of the changes for its Adult Social Care services in North Tyneside.

You can read an overview and planning document that was produced in December 2014 about the Care Act and what's happening locally. There is also an Easy Read version of this document.

The first part of the law came into force on April 1, 2015. These changes focus on processes for assessment, care and support planning and review. This includes:

  • A new national eligibility criteria to guide decision making around whether people are eligible for additional support and how much they may have to pay. You can view the new North Tyneside Meeting Eligible Social Care Needs Policy at the bottom of this section. 
  • New requirements about how assessments of need must be carried out. They must be carried out jointly with the people they relate to, and require the council to provide more advice and information.
  • The rights of carers have been strengthened, and will give carers the right to have their own needs assessed, as well as the people they care for.
  • A duty for all local authorities to offer deferred payment agreements for people entering care homes, to allow people to make choices about the timing of the sale of their homes. 

The second part of the law was due to come into force from April 2016, however the Government have now delayed these changes until April 2020. From April 2020 there will be limit on the amount those receiving care will have to pay towards the cost of their care and support over their lifetime. This is sometimes referred to as a 'cap.'

The local authority will also be required to offer to assess and monitor the needs of people who make private care arrangements. 

People who self fund their care homes will also be able to ask the local authority to contract on their behalf.

The full Care Act can be found on the UK Parliament website.

The Department Of Health has produced a series of very useful factsheets about different sections of the Care Act.

If want more detailed information about the Care Act and the changes implemented in North Tyneside then you may find the Care Act 2014 North Tyneside documents, below, useful. 

If you would like further information not found on this page then you can email asccontact.centre@northtyneside.gov.uk.

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