Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 15th October, 2012
Time:
4.00 p.m.
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 Kevin Faulks(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Paul Baker, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Norma Wilburn, Cllr Mrs Mary Womphrey, Deborah Miller(Parent Governor Representative).
Officers:
Barbara Carr(North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust), Peter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
None
Item Description Decision
Public
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 3 SEPTEMBER 2012
 
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DRAFT MINUTES - 26 SEPTEMBER 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST QUALITY ACCOUNT 2013-14
AGREED that the feedback on suggested priorities for improvement be forwarded to the Scrutiny Officer.
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50/12
EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) REVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
AGREED that the information be noted.
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51/12
UPDATE ON REGIONAL AND TEES VALLEY JOINT HEALTH SCRUTINY
AGREED that the information be noted.
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WORK PROGRAMME
 
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
4.00pm/5.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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Cllr Mohammed Javed declared a personal interest as he was employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust.

Cllr Ray McCall declared a personal interest as he was an Associate Hospital Manager and Governor for Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust.
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47/12
The Chair signed the minutes as a correct record.
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48/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 26th September 2012.
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Members received a presentation from the Assistant Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient and Public Involvement 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.

NHS Acute Trusts were required to produce yearly 'Quality Accounts' and these were intended to set out:-
- What and organisation was doing well;
- Where improvements in service quality were required;
- What the priorities for improvement were for the coming year;
- How the organisation had involved service users, staff and others with an interest in that organisation in determining those priorities for improvement.

Members were provided with the following information:-
- Current priorities and the work which was being undertaken to improve patient safety, effectiveness of care and patient experience.
- The scoring of the wards from announced and unannounced Patient Experience and Quality Standards (PEQS) visits from April 12 - July 12.
- The Telehealth data from April 12 - June 12 and the number of alerts and how they were managed.
- Care Quality Commission (CQC) quality risk profile which provided information on the risk estimates.
- Some possible priorities for next year were suggested under the headings of Mortality, Effectiveness and Patient Experience. Members were asked that any suggestions, comments and/or feedback on the priorities for next year be forwarded to the Scrutiny Officer.

Members discussed communication between staff and the families of patients on the end of life care pathway, dementia screening for those entering the hospital for non-elective reasons, and the possible future use of ‘Toughbook' computers in hospital. The Committee also suggested that although colour coding of equipment for dementia patients was welcome, this may not be appropriate for those with autism.

Further information was requested on the best performing wards under the PEQS system, and the range of conditions that were being treated through Telehealth in the community.
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Members provided feedback from the recent site visits to Norton Road, Ware Street and Edwardian Care Home.

The main comments from the Committee was:-
- the staff and usage of volunteers were praised;
- there appeared to be some under-utilisation of the facilities at Norton Road and Ware Street;
- the referrals systems needed to be examined as part of the review.

Members were reminded that if they had any other comments to contact the Scrutiny Officer.
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Members considered an update on the work of the North East Regional Health Scrutiny Committee, and Tees Valley Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.
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At the Committee's meeting on 26th November it would consider further information on the Review of Mental Health Services and in December consideration would be given to the final report of the Learning Disability Review.
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The Chair reminded Members that a meeting had been arranged with the Care Quality Commission on 5th December at 4pm.

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