Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 3rd September, 2012
Time:
4.00 pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mohammed Javed (Chairman), Cllr Paul Baker, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Norma Wilburn, Cllr Mrs Mary Womphrey
Officers:
Iain Robinson (DNS); Peter Mennear, Fiona McKie(LD); Laurayne Featherstone (R);
In Attendance:
Deborah Miller (Parent Governor Representative); James Newton (LINk); Sarah Marsay (NHS); Audrey Pickstock, Andy McMain (PCT); Scott Clarkson (Community Ventures).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Sylvia Walmsley and Richard Amir.
Item Description Decision
Public
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30/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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31/12
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, 18TH JUNE, 2012
AGREED that the minutes be noted.
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32/12
DEVELOPMENT OF BILLINGHAM HEALTH CENTRE
AGREED that the report and Members comments be noted.
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33/12
UPDATE ON THE COMMISSIONING OF LOCAL HEALTHWATCH AND NHS COMPLAINTS ADVOCACY SERVICES
AGREED that:-

1. The progress to date be noted.

2. A further report be received once the provider(s) had been selected.
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34/12
CONSULTATION ON CHANGES TO LOCAL AUTHORITY HEALTH SCRUTINY REGULATIONS
AGREED that Members comments on the draft response be noted and that a final response be finalised.
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35/12
UPDATE ON PROGRESS AGAINST STOCKTON'S ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY COVENANT (INCLUDING ACTIONS FROM THE REGIONAL SCRUTINY REVIEW OF THE HEALTH NEEDS OF THE EX-SERVICE COMMUNITY)
AGREED that the update be noted.
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36/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the Work Programme be noted.
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37/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
AGREED that the Chair's update be noted.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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30/12
Cllr Mohammed Javed declared a personal interest further to being employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust.

Cllr Ray McCall declared a personal interest further to being an Associate Hospital Manager for Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and due to having family members who were ex-servicemen.
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31/12
The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 18th June 2012 were provided for Members information.
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32/12
Members were requested to consider the briefing on the proposed re-development of the Health Centre in Billingham Town Centre, which was also part of the wider Momentum project.

Members were recommended to consider and comment on the briefing, and plans for engagement, as appropriate.

Members were provided with a copy of the briefing from NHS Tees that outlined the proposals to update the Billingham Health Centre and to dispose of Billingham Clinic. The redeveloped Health Centre would include all patient services currently operating from both the Health Centre and the Clinic. The scheme would include improved community facilities, and it was also planned that the re-opened building would be the head office of the new NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.

In view of the NHS reform programme, a tight timescale was in place and the completion of the re-development was scheduled for April 2013. A six-week engagement period was taking place with comments requested to be received by 30 September, 2012.

Members raised a number of issues. Cllr Evaline Cunningham was disappointed that a One-Stop for Council Services in Billingham hadn't been included within the proposals. It was reported that this had been fully considered and a cost benefit analysis carried out. It was felt that it was more economical to provide modern health facilities from the chosen location and that these could be future proofed.

Cllr Mary Womphrey raised concerns over adequate car parking due to the car park opposite the site being redeveloped by Vela. It was reported that the new development would incorporate 14 car parking spaces and that measures would need to be put in place to control the car park. Development and Neighbourhood Services were currently considering all of the planned development in Billingham in order to implement a parking strategy for the area.
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33/12
This report provided an update on progress towards the commissioning of Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees and the NHS complaints advocacy service by Stockton Borough Council from April 2013 in compliance with its statutory duties identified in the Health and Social Care Act. It provided information from a public consultation exercise on Healthwatch which had been used to inform the draft specification, summarised the communication plan and highlights the work with the current LINk and with the PCT PALS service to ensure a smooth transition.

It was reported that the funding for Local Healthwatch and the NHS Complaints Advocacy was still to be confirmed. A Provider event had been arranged for 14th September, 2012. The procurement process and timetable had been agreed. Additional funding had been secured by the PCT to include the Stockton Service Navigation Project within the specification for Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees.

Members were informed of the main changes in Service between LINk and Healthwatch and held discussion on the signposting element that Healthwatch would focus on. Members were keen to stress the importance of the volunteer role and the need to harness the experience gained during the years of the LINk's operation, and the independence of the new HealthWatch organisation, whilst working in partnership on the Health and Wellbeing Board.

It was reported that all authorities across the Tees Valley had opted to use the procurement process however the information provided from the Government could have been interpreted differently by other National Authorities.
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34/12
Following the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Department of Health was consulting on proposed changes to the regulations governing local authority health scrutiny.

Members were provided with a briefing paper that set out the main points and the Council's draft response. The consultation ended on 7th September, 2012.

Members were requested to submit any comments by Thursday 6th September, 2012 prior to the response being finalised and submitted to the Department.
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35/12
Members were provided with a report that summarised progress so far on the implementation of Stockton's Armed Forces Community Covenant, this included the actions applicable for Stockton Borough that came from the Regional Scrutiny Review of the Health Needs of the Ex-Service Community.

In March 2012 Stockton Council and partners signed the Stockton Armed Forces Community Covenant. The Covenant was intended to encourage support for the Armed Forces working and residing in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees, and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the community.

The Covenant commits the Council and Renaissance partners to:
- support employees who volunteer for reserve duties;
- ensure that the voice of serving and ex-service personnel is heard through the Council's engagement mechanisms;
- report annually to Council on the impact of the Covenant;
- identify key officer and Member champions, and implement the other recommendations of the Regional Scrutiny Review of the Health Needs of the Ex-Service Community.

The Armed Forces have in return committed to deliver annual updates to both Members and updates on operational experiences and policy changes, and to be involved in community activities and events.

The progress report had been co-ordinated by Policy Officers' Group, and would be reported to Cabinet, Adult Services and Health Select Committee, and Executive Scrutiny Committee, and submitted to the Regional Health Scrutiny Committee (in relation to relevant actions originating from the regional review).
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36/12
The next meeting would be held on 26th September, 2012.
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37/12
Members were provided with a newsletter from LINk.

The Scrutiny Officer would circulate details of the next Tees Valley Health Scrutiny meeting, it was requested that Members identify if they were able to attend.

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