Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 10th December, 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 Paul Baker, Cllr Michael Clark (vice Cllr Norma Wilburn), Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Mrs Mary Womphrey.
Officers:
Sean McEneany (CESC); Julie Nixon, Stephen Shaw (DNS); Fiona McKie, Peter Mennear (LD).
In Attendance:
Deborah Miller, Richard Amir (Parent Governor Representative); James Newton, Toni McHale (LINk); Helen Metcalfe (NEPCSA).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Norma Wilburn.
Item Description Decision
Public
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES FOR SIGNING - 15TH OCTOBER 2012
AGREED that the minutes be signed as a correct record.
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DRAFT MINUTES - 26TH NOVEMBER, 2012
AGREED that the draft minutes be approved.
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EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) REVIEW OF LEARNING DISABILITY SERVICES

AGREED that the Committee's final report be approved and be submitted to Cabinet for consideration.
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65/12
EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION(EIT) REVIEW OF ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
AGREED that the update and comments be noted, and the information requested be provided.
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66/12
UPDATE ON REGIONAL AND TEES VALLEY JOINT HEALTH SCRUTINY
AGREED that the update be noted.
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67/12
REVIEW OF THE ARRIVAL PRACTICE
AGREED that a response to the consultation be forwarded by 21st December, 2012.
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68/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that a response to the consultation be forwarded by 21st December, 2012, highlighting the concerns in relation to the timescale of the consultation.
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
The Chair had nothing further to report at today's meeting.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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Cllr Mohammed Javed declared a disposable pecuniary interest as he was employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust. Cllr Javed had been granted a dispensation in this regard.

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 and was a Board Member of New Horizons.
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The Chairman signed the minutes of the meeting of 15th October, 2012.
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Consideration was given to the draft minutes of 26th November, 2012.
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Members were provided with an update in reply to a request made at the meeting on 26th September 2012, concerning buildings in Billingham that could potentially be used for community based learning disability services.

The Committee considered and approved its draft final report and recommendations on the review of Learning Disability Services.

Discussion was held on potential adaptations to buildings, and also whether links could be made with work experience opportunities for this client group as part of procurement processes where appropriate.

Members also discussed personal budgets and ideas for targeted work to encourage more take up. The role of commissioner teams in terms of stimulating the market and encouraging more choice in local services was noted.

Discussion was held on clients that were placed outside of the Borough and the impact any possible changes may have on them. It was agreed that no changes would be made to individual care packages without appropriate care planning and review.

Members also noted the work of charities such as Daisy Chain that provided services to children and young people with autism, and the links that could in future be made with the services covered by this review.
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Members were provided with the feedback on the Phase 1 consultation concerning Stockton Council's Mental Health Services. The Phase 1 consultation was organised to gather opinion from service users and their carers/supporters about the Council's existing services and how services could be improved in the future. The results would inform the report that would be prepared for the Committee on 14 January outlining proposals for changes to services.

The Phase 1 consultation exercise was conducted over 4 weeks beginning 22nd October and ending on 16th November 2012. The consultation was comprised of a number of elements which were detailed within the report.

Members were provided with a detailed list of comments drawn from the consultation.

Representatives from the LINk felt that the questionnaire could have been an effective way to promote personalisation. It was recognised that the meaning of terms such as ‘Personal Budget' and ‘Care Plan' may not be understood by some clients. Although it was noted that service users were involved in the design of the phase 1 consultation, consideration would be given to amending how the second phase of consultation was carried out.

Consideration would also be given as to how the wider welfare changes would affect this client group. Discussion was held on what help would be provided to those with mental health problems if there were any changes to their benefits following the benefit reforms. It was noted that there was a lead officer assisting with personalisation of budgets and that a specific welfare rights support had been established to help with mental health patients.

Detail on the numbers of clients that were affected following the FACS review were requested. Sean McEneany would supply Members with these figures.
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66/12
The Committee were requested to consider an update on the work of the North East Regional Health Scrutiny Committee, and Tees Valley Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.
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Members agreed to consider an urgent item that was tabled at the meeting.

The North East Primary Care Services Agency (NEPCSA) in conjunction with NHS Stockton on Tees was currently undertaking a review of the Arrival Practice. The Practice was established in December 2002 to provide primary medical care services to asylum seekers in Stockton-on-Tees.

Members were informed that the patient size had been growing steadily year on year. Initially, the service was to cater for 500 asylum seekers but now had a list of 1,421 patients. Within this context the review was investigating the advantages and disadvantages of the existing service and would look at potential commissioning models of care to make an informed decision on the future of the service.

The deadline for the receipt of views was 21st December 2012.

Members expressed their concerns over the timescales for this review and felt that the consultation period should be extended.

Peter Mennear would forward Members concern over the short timescales for the review to the PCT, and request that the recommendations following the review be reported to the Committee as soon as the review report was made available in the new year.
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The next meeting would be held on 14th January, 2013.

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