Prepared for introduction of Care Act

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Council officials say they are prepared for the new Care Act which comes into affect in April.

The new legislation, part of the national reform of social care and health being introduced by the Government, aims to ensure more consistency across the country in how health and social care services are provided.

Many of the changes proposed are already in line with how North Tyneside Council delivers its Adult Social Care support to residents.

Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We anticipate that there will be a lot of national publicity about the Care Act over the coming weeks and we want to reassure our residents that we are well prepared for the changes it will introduce.

“Many of the principles set out in the Care Act are already put into practice in North Tyneside, and have been for some time.

“We will take the Care Act requirements into account when carrying out individual reviews and will continue to provide or arrange services which help prevent, delay or reduce the development of care and support needs, including carers’ support needs.”

“The council has dedicated reablement services, which have a proven track record of helping people to recover from periods of ill health, and enablement services that help people to develop skills to live more independently.

“We recognise that the solutions that many people have to meet their care needs can be found within their own families, their communities and for themselves. Our new Care and Connect Service – one of our responses to the new requirements of the Care Act – will help people to help find the best solutions.”