Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 25th March, 2014
Time:
4.00pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
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 Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Norma Wilburn, Cllr Mrs Mary Womphrey.
Officers:
Kerry Anderson(CESC) Peter Kelly(Public Health), Dr Summers, John Harrioson(Northern Doctors Urgent Care), Petter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
Deborah Miller
Item Description Decision
Public
ASH
93/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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94/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 14TH JANUARY 2014
AGREED the minutes be approved.
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95/13
EFFECTIVENESS OF DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMMES


AGREED the information be noted.
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96/13
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF ACCESS TO GP, URGENT AND EMERGENCY CARE
AGREED that
1. A site visit be organised
2. The information be noted.
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97/13
REGIONAL HEALTH SCRUTINY UPDATE

AGREED the information be noted.
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98/13
WORK PROGRAMME
 
4.00pm/6.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ASH
93/13
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 and Governor for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
ASH
94/13
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 14th January 2014.
ASH
95/13
The Committee received a presentation on the drug treatment programme in Stockton-On-Tees. The main information included:
- An overview of the service including national and local drivers, local needs, demographics and prevalence, considerations and complexities, reasons for investment in the service, treatment model and the challenges and issues the service faces.
- Details surrounding the types of drug use and profile of the drug use in Stockton including the primary substance misuse and secondary substance misuse.
- It had been reported that for every 1 spent on substance misuse saved 4.31 on other services although this was hard to prove.

Members thanked the officer for the information received.
ASH
96/13
The Committee received a presentation from Northern Doctors urgent Care regarding the Tees Out of Hour GP Service in based in Stockton and the work they undertake. The main information included:-
- Background information on the service and how it originated. It was a GP lead organisation.
- The Out of Hours service was used as the 111 service in collaboration with NEAS. If a paramedic thought a patient didn't need A&E but was in need of something they could request Out of Hours visit to give advice.
- The process worked in such way that when a call was answered the relevant questions were asked to conclude what was necessary for the caller. If the outcome required Out of Hours Doctors then this would be added to the priority list. The list is prioritised and the most urgent cases would receive a call within 20 minutes to the least urgent of a call within 72 hours. Members were mindful that lists did have to be prioritised but 72 hours did seem a long time for someone waiting with a medical problem and this could cause people to present themselves to A&E.

Members made the following points/comments/questions:-
- The relationship between the Out of Hours service and CCG. It was heard that they had a very good relationship and always in contact.

The Committee thanked Northern Doctors Urgent Care for the presentation and information.
ASH
97/13
The Committee considered an update on the work of the Tees Valley Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.

On 3 March, the Tees valley Joint Committee considered an update on Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust's Quality Account. A copy of the update presentation was provided. The Trust also considered an update on services in the Tees area.

Once received in April, the draft TEWV Quality Account itself would be circulated to both Tees Valley and ASH Committee Members prior to submitting a statement of assurance in the published version. Feedback from Members in relation to the quality of TEWV Trust's services and priorities for improvement was encouraged. In the NHS ‘quality' was defined as relating to clinical effectiveness, patient safety, and patient experience.

The next meeting of the Regional Committee is on 17 April in South Tyneside. An agenda will be circulated in due course.
ASH
98/13
The Committee's work programme was noted.

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