Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 1st October, 2013
Time:
4.00pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mohammed Javed(Chairman), Cllr Paul Baker, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Tracey Stott (Vice Cllr Evaline Cunningham), Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Norma Wilburn, Cllr Mrs Mary Womphrey.
Officers:
Barbara Carr, Keith Wheldon (North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust), Sean McEneany(CESC), Peter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Kevin Faulks(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Deborah Miller
Item Description Decision
Public
ASH
49/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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50/13
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 9TH JULY 2013 AND 22ND JULY 2013
The minutes of the meetings held on 9th July 2013 and 22nd July 2013 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
ASH
51/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 3RD SEPTEMBER 2013
AGREED the minutes be approved.
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52/13
MONITORING THE IMPACT OF PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that:
1. The action plan and dates for completion be approved.
2. The requested information be provided.
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53/13
NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST QUALITY ACCOUNT 2013-14
AGREED the information be noted and a response to the Trust be provided.
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54/13
RECONFIGURATION OF CRITICAL CARE AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE AT NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
AGREED that
1. The Scrutiny Officer forward papers and minutes of the Oversight Committee to Members.
2. An update on the implementation be considered in 3-4 months at the Committee.
ASH
55/13
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the work programme be noted.
ASH
56/13
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
4.00pm/5.35pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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49/13
There were no declarations of interest.
ASH
51/13
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 3rd September 2013.
ASH
52/13
Members considered the Action Plan setting out how the agreed recommendations from the EIT Review of Adult Mental Health Services would be implemented and target dates for completion.

It was noted that the timescales appeared to be ambitious due to the scale of culture change required for some clients but achievable in the sense of there being a relatively small number of clients within the in-house services that would close. However the overall approach would be sensitive to the needs of individual clients.

It was queried as to what support was being provided for the volunteers at the current day services, and it was confirmed that support would be offered alongside the staff consultation process.

It was requested that more detail on the potential usage of the temporary additional resources to implement the review, and the work to increase awareness of personalisation, be provided.
ASH
53/13
The Committee considered a presentation as part of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust's (NTHFT) consultation into the priorities for inclusion in next year's Quality Account.

The presentation included the following:-
- 3 key priorities from 2013/14 which was suggested to remain the same for 2014/15.
- Performance on the quality account to date including Safeguarding Adults, Infection Control, Nursing Dashboard and End of Life Care & Family's Voice.
- Information on the patient surveys which were and had been completed and would be included in the quality account.
- The easy read version of the quality account was received well and would continue.

The Trust proposed that the priorities for 2013-14 be rolled over into 2014-15 in order to ensure some continuity. Members supported this suggestion.

Members discussed efforts to continued tackling infection rates, and welcomed the reassurance that Monitor had reported that the Trust was doing ‘all that it could' in relation to reducing C. Difficile infections.

A key issue for the Committee was the continuing focus on discharge arrangements, and members re-iterated that particular focus should be given to the information provided to patients as to who to contact when discharged, and the monitoring of how the patient/family is coping at home.

The Committee welcomed the use of the private rooms in hospital for friends and family to test how they would cope, upon discharge, and their use for end of life care.
ASH
54/13
The Committee was updated that following the consultation process that ended on 11 August, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, agreed to proceed with proposals to centralise critical care and emergency medicine at University Hospital of North Tees. The report outlined the next steps, which included the setting up of an Oversight Group, which would include Healthwatch and scrutiny committee representation, to monitor the changes in the short term.

It was agreed that the Scrutiny Officer forward papers and minutes of the Group to Members and an update report be considered in 3-4 months.
ASH
55/13
Members received a copy of the work programme set out for the Committee.

Members discussed the pressures on A and E Services and the ambulance service. It was noted that these issues could be picked up as part of the review of access to GP, urgent, and emergency care services.
ASH
56/13
There was no further update to provide.

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