Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adult Services and Health Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 15th March, 2016
Time:
16.00
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Michael Clark (In the Chair), Cllr Sonia Bailey, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Lynn Hall, Cllr Stefan Houghton, Cllr Tracy Stott, Cllr Sylvia Walmsley (vice Cllr Moore)
Officers:
Liz Hanley, Liz Boal, Sarah Allen(DA&H), Peter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(DCE)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Mick Moore.
Item Description Decision
Public
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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DRAFT MINUTES - 16TH FEBRUARY 2016
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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85/15
QUALITY STANDARDS FRAMEWORK
AGREED that
1. The information be noted.
2. Officer look at a how best to present the information to the Committee.
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86/15
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AND / OR AUTISM
AGREED that the final report be drafted.
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87/15
MINUTES OF THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD
The minutes of the Health and Wellbeing Board held on 26th January 2016 were noted.
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88/15
WORK PROGRAMME 2015-16
 
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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83/15
Cllr Kevin Faulks declared a personal non prejudicial interest in agenda item 5 - Scrutiny Review of Access to Services for People with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.
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Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 16th February 2016.
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Members considered a report that provided an overview of Stockton on Tees Borough Council's Quality Standards Framework (QSF), its implementation, and the results of the care homes taking part in Phase 1.

Details of the 13 care homes that had assessments completed were provided and the ratings were as follows:
- 0 care homes were scored as Inadequate;
- 11 care homes were scored as Requires Improvement (of these 4 were within a few points of good);
- 2 care homes were scored as Good; and
- 0 care homes were scored as Outstanding

Key areas of concern were highlighted and action plans are in place to address areas requiring improvement.

The Committee were informed that 5 had declined to participate in Phase 1. The 5 care homes which declined to take part in the QSF had been quality assessed through the contract; an assessment of their current service had been made and presented to Members. Three had been rated as providing safe care, one had presented with minor concerns requiring further monitoring and one was awaiting completion.

Members highlighted concerns regarding the ratings and requested that details of the point scoring be included to give them a better picture of what was going on. Officers were going to look at how the information could be presented for future reports at Committee. Some elements of the scoring system had been refined between the scoring of 2014 and of 2015, and so the scores were not directly comparable. It was noted that the adult care landscape was continually changing due to developments such as the Care Act and application of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

It was noted that consideration would be given to providing the Committee with greater detail on the background to the scores for each provider.

Adult Services were continuing to develop the criteria. Action Plans were now required as part of the process, and these should help drive improvement.

Members queried the levels of assurance that the process provided and the potential need for more regular reports. It was noted that there were many commissioned services that were now covered by the QSF process and each one would be assessed at least annually. Reporting was now split into themed phases, and the next report would focus on Care Homes with Nursing. The process was described as being a robust process that looked at a range of complex issues with each provider.

Members queried the role of the local authority in sharing good practice. It was noted that regular Provider Meetings were held, and these had a range of guest speakers on key topics of interest.
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The Committee was presented with a video that highlighted the role of the Safe Place scheme. Members commented on the need for greater publicity of the scheme.

The Committee also considered the results of the mystery shopping on the Safe Place scheme. It was noted that there were seventy seven registered Safe Places in Stockton but fewer in other areas. It was considered that there may be an opportunity to have fewer Places to enable them to be provided with more support.

Members were presented with a report that provided a summary of evidence that had been considered for the Review. The Committee discussed areas for recommendations and agreed that they be included in the draft final report.

Members noted that it was important for people with learning disabilities and /or Autism to be aware of their rights in relation to accessing health and care services.
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The Committee noted its work programme.
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Members were updated on CCG proposals to commission additional Neurological Rehabilitation Services. Members queried what type of condition this covered. An update would be provided.

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