Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 10th June, 2014
Time:
4.00 p.m.
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Room, Stockton Library, The Square, Stockton on Tees
 
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
Officers:
Jane Humphreys, Liz Hanley, George Irving, Ian Ramshaw(CESC), Denise McGuire(RES), Peter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
Natasha Judge (Healthwatch)
Item Description Decision
Public
ASH
16/14
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ASH
17/14
PROGRESS UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that the Progress Updates be noted and the assessments for progress be confirmed.
ASH
18/14
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF HOME CARE
AGREED that the scope and project plan be agreed and the information be noted.
ASH
19/14
REGIONAL AND TEES VALLEY HEALTH SCRUTINY UPDATE
AGREED the information be noted.
ASH
20/14
WORK PROGRAMME

 
ASH
21/14
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
4.00pm/6.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ASH
16/14
Cllr Mohammed Javed declared a disclosable pecuniary interest as he was employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys 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 for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Deborah Miller declared a personal interest as she was employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Deborah Miller had been granted a dispensation in this regard.
ASH
17/14
Members considered the assessments of progress contained within the attached Progress Updates on the implementation of previously agreed recommendations. There were outstanding recommendations from the Efficiency, Improvement & Transformation reviews of Adult Service Structures, Learning Disability, and Mental Health.

Members requested that the Director of Children, Education & Social Care contact Daisy Chain to see if they were consulted on the redevelopment of services.

In respect if the Mental Health review it was noted that two service users, had gained employment with the support of Community Bridge Building. If service users did not engage with the options developed as alternatives to the previous day care, they would continue to be monitored via care management.
ASH
18/14
The Committee considered information in relation to the Scrutiny Review of Home Care. Members were provided with briefing information and background information for the review. The main information included:
- What Home Care was and the volume of care provided.
- The future challenges facing home care. The budget included 4.6m for generic home care and 1.3m for enhanced care.
- The current providers of Home Care in Stockton.
- How performance and quality was monitored.
- How commissioned provided had performed since October 2012.
- How Home Care links in to other services e.g. telecare.

Members discussed the following points/comments/questions:
- Copies of action plans giving to providers with areas to improve would be helpful.
- The Committee considered the development of the quality standards framework for home care providers. Work needed to be done to improve the quality of local providers. It was noted that providers had to give permission to take part in a quality framework under the current contract but had engaged with the process.
- Quality was also monitored through the CQC and regular meetings with the commissioners.
- Consideration was also given to monitoring the financial viability of providers.
- The Care Bill brings in wider responsibilities for local authorities regarding market management.
- Clients should be given weekly plans showing what they will receive including tasks to be completed. Small issues such as the type of cutlery used can be very important for some people.
- Staff groups were getting younger which can have issues in terms of life experience.

The Committee considered the scope of the review and Members requested to compare the work of an outstanding providers with the providers for SBC.
ASH
19/14
The Committee considered an update on the work of the Tees Valley and Regional Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.
ASH
20/14
Members considered the Committee's work programme.
ASH
21/14
The Chair had nothing to update.

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