Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adults' Health and Wellbeing Partnership Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 7th November, 2017
Time:
9.30 a.m.
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Libraray, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Ann Workman (Chairman),

Sarah Bowman - Abouna,, Allan McDermott, Jane Edmends, Liz Hanley, Toni McHale,
Steve Rose, Paul Whittingham (Sub for Paula Swindale), Alan Pierson (Sub for Dave Turton), Jane King (Sub for Dominic Gardner), Chris Jpynes, Shaun Birkett
Officers:
Michael Henderson, James O'Donnell, Ruby Poppleton, Tanja Braun, Sue Symonds
In Attendance:
Jean Kirby, James Hadman (Over 50s Forum) ,Ian Bartlett, Janine Brown (SDAIS), Alan Peirson (CFA)
Apologies for absence:
Julie Allan, Emma Champley, Chawla Girish, Graham Clinghan, Simon Forrest, Dominic Gardner, Lesley Gibson, Mick Hickey, Steve Hume, Paula Swindale, Dave Turton, Margaret Waggott
Item Description Decision
Public
AHP
29/17
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
AHP
30/17
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON OCTOBER 2017
 
AHP
31/17
UNIVERSAL CREDIT
RESOLVED that the presentation be noted
AHP
32/17
OVER 50S' FORUM UPDATE
RESOLVED that the presentation be noted.
AHP
33/17
JSNA TOPICS
RESOLVED that:

1. the papers and discussion be noted and actioned as appropriate.

2. the diabetes and smoking topics be approved and uploaded to the live web site.
AHP
34/17
SAFE AND WELL VISITS
RESOLVED that the presentation be noted.
AHP
35/17
KEY HOUSING ISSUES
RESOLVED that the report and discussion be noted.
AHP
36/17
PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING LONELINESS AND ISOLATION IN ADULTS
RESOLVED that the report and discussion be noted and an update report be presented in around 3 months.
AHP
37/17
LD PARTNERSHIP MINUTES
RESOLVED that the minutes be noted.
AHP
38/17
FORWARD PLAN
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
AHP
29/17
There was no declarations of interest.
AHP
30/17
The minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2017 were confirmed as a correct record.
AHP
31/17
The Partnership received a presentation on Universal Credit provided by Stockton Advice Service.

Members noted that Universal Credit was means tested and would replace most working age benefits.

Key features of Universal Credit included:

- usually paid monthly in arears.

- single payment to household.

- rent paid to clients, not landlord, though alternative arrangements in this regard can be put in place.

- claimed and managed on line.

- people who migrated to universal credit, because of a change in circumstances, would not receive 'transitional protection'.

- there was ongoing assessment and adjustment.

- payments could be made to two accounts instead of one.

Members considered some of the issues associated with Universal Credit:

- applicants found making online applications difficult and many had made multiple calls to the helpline.

- claimants had difficulty with evidence verification.

- delays in claims delayed payments.

- many claimants had to wait 6 weeks for a payment and 11% had waited over 10 weeks. This had caused considerable hardship.

- Universal Credit claimants were more likely to have debt problems than people on legacy benefit.

Discussion:

- members asked if more detail, on the groups of people who had significantly been affected by the new system, could be provided, so that services could consider how to help and target those groups.

- it was agreed that it was important to support people to be digitally included, as this was what Universal Credit was based on. I was noted that there were a number of VCSE organisations involved in providing some support. The Infinity Partnership was undertaking digital mapping to understand where people could access to equipment and free Wi Fi.

- It was suggested that the minutes of the Infinity Partnership be submitted to meetings of this Partnership.
AHP
32/17
Members received a presentation relating to the Stockton on Tees Over 50s Forum.

Details across the following heading was provided:

- What is the Forum
- Governance Review
- Strategic Objectives
- Practical Work
- Previous Speakers

Specific reference was made to strategic objectives, which included:

- Increase opportunities for older people to participate in wider society

- reduce loneliness and isolation for older people in the Borough of Stockton on Tees.

- to be the voice of older people in the Borough of Stockton on Tees

- Increase community safety by providing older people with information on how to stay both inside and outside the home.

- build stronger networks to support older people in the Borough of Stockton on Tees

Discussion:

- Public Health and Adult Social Care were interested in being involved in a Market Place event, at the Oakwood Centre that had been referred to in the presentation.

- it was suggested that the Forum should consider offering 'virtual membership', which would allow people to receive newsletters and other information on-line. This may help attract younger members.
AHP
33/17
Members received reports on the following JSNA Topics.

Diabetes
Smoking

Members were asked to consider, and if they were satisfied with the content, approve the topics to go live on the JSNA web site.

Diabetes - discussion:

- within social prescribing there were programmes trying to help people with diabetes, weight and other issues. It was suggested that there should be a move towards payment by prescription made rather than block grant. Work to develop that type of model was ongoing.

- partners were asked to support the work around diabetes and actively spread the message about the interventions and support available. Healthwatch and Tees Active explained how they could highlight issues and facilitate access to particular high risk groups. Further discussion in this regard would take place outside the meeting.

Smoking - discussion

- it was suggested that public health attend Catalyst's health and Wellbeing Group to talk about this issue and any community champion approach.

Members were reminded that if they felt there were any gaps in the JSNAs then this was an opportunity to highlight that so that further work could be undertaken and reported back to this Partnershp.

It was suggested that any progress around the offers made by Healthwatch relating to communication and Tees Active in terms of access to individuals and groups could be reported back to the Partnership, as could any development of the community champion approach in smoking cessation.
AHP
34/17
Members received a presentation relating to the Fire Brigades safe and well and the progress made since October 2016.

Members were very happy at the work that had been undertaken and noted the areas of focus going forward.

Discussion

- it was noted that the CCG may be able to provide information relating to hospital admissions of over 65s in Stockton.
AHP
35/17
Members considered a report that provided an overview of the key 'housing related' issues which were likely to have an impact on resident of the Borough.

The report covered the following areas:

A - Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

It was explained that the Council was currently in the process of preparing a detailed implementation plan. This included, for example:

- Reviewing existing service delivery
- Identifying any anticipated service gaps.
- Using the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant strengthen our current service provision (by way of an example we are currently exploring the need for a ‘Home Finder' role and are likely to pilot this role in the first instance).
- Ensuring our existing staffing team are adequately trained and prepared.
- Drafting a communication strategy for our key partners and wider agencies.
- Reviewing the draft Code to ensure we make an informed response.

A detailed report would be presented to the Council's Cabinet in January 2018.

B - Funding Supported Housing

It was explained that a consultation paper had just been issued and the Council would review it to assess the potential implications on the Council, our residents / service users and consult partners who provided supported housing. The Council would also make a detailed response to this consultation paper.


Discussion:

- it was noted that a communication plan was being developed and an analysis of people who approach the Council would be undertaken.
AHP
36/17
Members received a report relating to opportunities for prevention and early intervention with adults.

The report set out::

- aspects of prevention, as they related to adult services.

- proposals in terms of prevention activity, with particular focus on the impact of smoking on social care services.

- work to disseminate key public health messages and brief interventions through social care teams, contracts and providers.

Partners were asked to consider how they might be able to contribute to the loneliness and isolation agenda. It was agreed that there were services in the VCSE but it was accepted that there were lots of people not accessing any services.

- the CCG had some information that might help with the mapping exercise. This would be passed on to public health.

It was suggested that an update report be presented to the Partnership in 3 months.

AHP
37/17
Members considered the minutes of the Learning Disability Partnership held on 13 September 2018
AHP
38/17
Members considered the Partnership's Forward Plan.

It was agreed that the meeting to be held on 2nd January be cancelled.

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