A COMMUNITY hub, which contains a range of health and social care services, has opened at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.

In partnership with South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Tees Valley Rural Community Council (TVRCC), Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is piloting the hub as part of a programme to better integrate health and social care services for people suffering with social and emotional issues.

The pilot, which is being funded by the Better Care Fund, will be evaluated and, if successful, will be rolled out to other areas of Redcar and Cleveland.

At Redcar Primary Care Hospital, a GP Link Worker will be based at the hub to work with GP practices in supporting people who need social care help and to ensure they get efficient access to the right services.

Regular advice sessions will also be held at the hub on selected days addressing issues such as social isolation, anxiety and depression, addictions, social care requirements and housing needs. These services include:

  • Lifeline – supporting individuals with drug or alcohol addiction;
  • Community Agents – enabling vulnerable people to remain independent in their own homes;
  • Redcar and Cleveland Mind – offering recovery based interventions for adults with mental health problems;
  • Homecall – offering a service to keep elderly and vulnerable people independent at home for as long as possible;
  • NECA – improving the lives of those in long term recovery from substances and gambling misuse;
  • Citizens Advice – providing free, confidential and impartial advice.

Councillor Lynn Pallister, cabinet member for health and housing at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “Improving the wellbeing of vulnerable people and those with social, emotional or practical needs is vital, so I am delighted this community hub has opened and these fantastic organisations will be hosting their advice sessions.

“Treating issues such as anxiety and depression, or alcohol and drug misuse is just as important as any other medical concerns, and this hub will enable more speedy signposting and referrals for those who need it.”

Councillor David Walsh, cabinet member for adults at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “A key part of this new facility is promoting independence and independent living for frail elderly people.  People value living in their own homes and this collaboration between our council and the local NHS will see that wish helped and assisted.”

Dr Ali Tahmassebi, GP Strategic Lead at NHS South Tees CCG, said: “The Community Hub will aid practices to improve patients’ health and wellbeing. Health services in isolation only go so far in improving health & wellbeing. This hub will allow services to integrate in order to support patients much more effectively.”

To see a timetable of when the advice sessions will take place, or for more information, please visit: www.peoplesinfonet.org.uk