Market Overview

The Care Act 2014 places a statutory duty on the Council to provide care and support for people with assessed eligible needs. The Act also places a duty on the Council to maintain an efficient and effective care market to meet the needs of the residents within the borough.

Nationally there is a drive to focus on prevention, personalisation and outcome focused interventions to support people to remain in their own homes and within Darlington we are committed to supporting people to be as independent as possible by:

  • Developing paid work opportunities
  • Working from a strength based perspective
  • Developing Individual Service Funds
  • Preventing and delaying the reliance on residential care by offering community based alternatives
  • Supporting people to connect with their communities and have their needs met through social capital
  • Making effective use of assistive technology
  • A focus on meeting outcomes.

There is a vibrant care and support sector within Darlington, but the successful implementation of the ongoing ambitious transformation programme being implemented across Adult Services will rely on continued innovative joint working with individuals and their families and carers, partners in the public sector, in businesses, in the voluntary sector, and in our communities.

The Council, as a strategic commissioner of services, wishes to forge a new relationship with partners to benefit all who need care and support in Darlington.  By continuing to stimulate and develop a strong local market that is diverse and delivers quality and cost-effective services, people can be offered a real choice of personalised care and support, thereby enhancing individual and community independence.

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Hartlepool Borough council provides and commissions a range of services to people with eligible social care needs including older people, adults with learning disabilities or physical disabilities, people with mental health needs, adults with substance misuse issues and carers.

Services include information & advice, day services, home care, extra care housing, supported living 24hr residential and nursing careDirect Payments, home equipment and adaptations. Support to carers is a key priority within Hartlepool, as well as assistive technology and a range of other community based services.

Adult Services work with a range of providers and partner organisations to deliver services that meet the needs of the Hartlepool population.

Local authorities have a duty under the Care Act to monitor and manage their local markets. Historically, this has always been achieved through contract management and engagement with providers, clients, families and external agencies. Whilst this continues, the availability of data allows you to review and interpret utilisation (activity), quality, capacity and the location of services across the local area.

This section provides more detail on each of these measures. There are a range of filters to allow users to fully explore what is known about the local area.

Under the Care Act 2014 the council has a statutory duty to provide care and support for people with eligible needs. The Act also places a duty on the council to maintain an efficient and effective care market to meet the needs of the residents in Redcar & Cleveland. Nationally there is a drive to focus on prevention, personalisation and outcome focused interventions. The growth in choice and control will mean that we need to ensure a diverse market delivering quality and cost-effective services. The provision of enablement services and community based alternatives to residential care that help people to remain within their own home is a government expectation. This, along with increased life expectancies, means people will be going into residential and nursing care later in their lives but with increased complexity of needs. Organisations across all sectors will need to provide personalised care and support at all levels with the ultimate aim of preventing or delaying the need for care home or hospital admissions. The market will need to respond to this demand innovatively with new ideas and ways of working.