Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 6th February, 2012
Time:
4.00 p.m.
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees, 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 Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Norma Wilburn, Cllr Mrs Mary Womphrey.
Officers:
Anthony Duffy, Fiona McKie, Peter Mennear (LD).
In Attendance:
Carole Langrick (North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Ray McCall.
Item Description Decision
Public
ASH
10/11
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
ASH
11/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ASH
12/11
MINUTES - 9TH JANUARY 2012
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
ASH
13/11
NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST - SAVINGS CHALLENGE
- TO CONSIDER A PRESENTATION AND UPDATE FROM THE TRUST

AGREED that the presentation and comments be noted.
ASH
14/11
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the Work Programme be noted.
ASH
15/11
CHAIRS UPDATE
AGREED that the Chairs update be noted and further detail on the Lustrum Vale consultation be requested.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ASH
11/11
Cllr Javed declared a personal/non prejudicial interest further to being employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust.
ASH
12/11
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 9th January 2012.
ASH
13/11
The Committee were provided with a presentation from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the financial challenges it needed to address.

Members had previously been notified of the ‘40m challenge' facing the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as it sought to achieve its efficiency targets in order to meet its obligations under the NHS Quality, Improvement, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme.

Members were requested to note the links between the challenges facing local Trusts, and the national NHS agenda. Across the country, as part of QIPP, NHS organisations were required to achieve efficiency savings totalling 20 billion by 2015, and meet the demands of an ageing population, and increases in numbers of those with Long Term Conditions.

The recently published NHS Operating Framework for 2012-13 outlined the priorities for all NHS organisations in the year ahead. It had four main themes and these were:

- increasing the pace of delivery on QIPP;
- putting patients at the centre of decision making whilst preparing for an outcomes approach to service delivery, whilst improving standards of dignity and quality in care;
- completing the transition to the new NHS commissioning and planning system consisting of Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Health and Wellbeing Boards;
- maintaining standards in relation to service and financial performance.

Members held discussion on the presentation and raised the following matters:-

- Availability and cost of drug, and the need to adhere to National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines;
- the impact of the Any Qualified Provider policy on the Trust, and also the re-commissioning of previously provided services including Sexual Health Services which were now provided by Assura;
- Momentum - the business case for the new hospital remained with Department of Health, and was awaiting the results of the Government's wider review of PFI schemes;
- Continuous efficiency savings ie. different methods for dispensing of drugs, energy savings, deletion of vacant posts, tackling sickness absence;
- the proposed Duty of Candour as part of the NHS reforms;
- the impact of missed appointments;
- the introduction of car parking charges for disabled blue badge holders;
- the benefits associated with increased research and development activity within the Trust including the impact on patient treatment and ability to attract high quality staff.
ASH
14/11
The next meeting would be held on 20th February 2012.
ASH
15/11
Members requested an update on the proposals for the future of Lustrum Vale older people's mental health unit. It was noted that it was expected that a 12 week consultation period would commence in February but confirmation had not yet been received. Members requested the timescales for the consultation.

The Chairman, Cllr Faulks and Cllr Kennedy had recently attended a Regional Health Training Event. It was requested that the presentation provided by Professor Singleton at the event be circulated.

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