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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 20th December, 2012
Time:
2.30pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Suite, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett(Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr David Wilburn
Officers:
Kerry Anderson, Peter Kelly, Ruby Poppleton(CESC), Graham Birtle, Sarah Whaley(LD)
In Attendance:
Pat Marshall, Judith Rees(Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Service)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Andrew Sherris
Item Description Decision
Public
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE.
 
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 25TH OCTOBER 2012.
AGREED that the minutes be signed.
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DRAFT MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD THE 22ND NOVEMBER 2012.
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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REVIEW OF TOBACCO CONTROL
AGREED that the information be noted.
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WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the information be noted.
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
2.30pm - 3:50pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
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Peter Kelly Director of Public Health indicated to the Committee that he was on the Board of Trustees for ASH(Action on Smoking and Health), in relation to item 5,'Review of Tobacco Control'.
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Consideration was given to the minutes from the meeting which was held on the 25th October 2012 for signature.
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Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting which was held on the 22nd of November 2012 for Approval.
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Members received information in the form of a presentation regarding the Review of Tobacco Control from officers of the Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Services. The Presentation provided the Committee with an overview of Stop Smoking Services, targeting of services to address health inequalities and smoking in pregnancy.

The presentation highlighted the following:-

Stop Smoking Service Overview

- the development of the Stop Smoking Service since 1998.

- the four key functions of the Stop Smoking Service.

- information detailing dates and times of the free stop smoking sessions which were held within the borough.

- that there were currently 10 venues holding the stop smoking sessions within Stockton including three GP surgeries, and a further venue which was likely to be secured in 2013 at Endurance House.

- the Committee heard that most cessation clinics were held in those wards which were considered to be more deprived. Where clinics were held in areas that were considered more affluent, turnout could be low which had resulted in the decision to close the sessions held at Ingleby Barwick.

- the service provided a wide range of nicotine replacement for those who wanted to give up smoking and was available alongside expert advice and information and follow up support.

- Members heard that advice was a crucial part of the support offered to members of the public, as self-prescription could result in the wrong type of treatment being selected by individuals, which in turn could result in failure to give up smoking.

- the Stop Smoking Service worked in partnership with pharmacies, which provided good out of hours service offering increased support to those people trying to stop smoking. A dedicated member of the Stop Smoking Service team was also available for pharmacies to contact if they were in need of advice when prescribing stop smoking aids to members of the public.

- the Committee was informed that brief intervention training was offered to a wide range of front line staff within the health and local authority services to enable them to signpost any individual to the Stop Smoking Service. Intermediate training was offered to healthcare staff including nurses, pharmacies and prison staff to enable them to assess and prescribe for smokers wanting to stop under their care.

- Members heard that the Stop Smoking Service was finding it more difficult to share data electronically with other services within the health service due to their current database being old and out of date. A new more sophisticated system had been introduced within the Darlington and Durham Service called, 'QuitManager', which had improved performance dramatically. Officers from the Stop Smoking Service expressed their interest to arrange a visit with Commissioners to look at how the system worked.

- Officers discussed the importance of early detection of lung disease through screening/microsprometry. The Stop Smoking Service believed they were the gateway to smokers at high risk of lung health related problems and would like to progress their work in early detection of lung ill health.

Pregnant Smokers

- the Committee heard that 12.9% of woman smoke at time of delivery in England however this was higher in Stockton at 15.9%.

- Members were informed that nicotine replacement in pregnancy was safe.

- one day mandatory training was given to all midwives on a two yearly cycle highlighting the effects of nicotine in pregnancy. Midwives were also expected to show evidence that they had discussed with expectant mums the harm smoking does to them and their babies, including the increased risk of premature babies.

- Members were presented with the eight National Institute for Health and Care Excellence(NICE) recommendations midwives followed to help pregnant women who smoke during pregnancy stop. A new ,North East Baby Clear project had been introduced which involved addressing the effects of smoking on the foetus through interviews and follow up calls/visits with pregnant women, who had refused stop smoking support in early pregnancy. An additional 4 days of midwifery time would enable midwives to work alongside the ultrasound scanning department to implement the Babyclear project in May/June 2013.

- issues were raised in relation to second hand smoke and how this affected families.

Officers from the Stop Smoking Service informed the Committee of recommendations they would like to make to improve the service and increase the number of non smokers within the borough. The main highlighted were as follows:-

- improved and increased partnership working with Schools, Colleges, Youth Service and Fire Service.

- improved access to workplaces through Environmental Health.

- fifteen minutes of mandatory smoking cessation training for all healthcare staff.

- increased opportunities for brief intervention training with Housing and Social Care staff.

- Top Down approach within the Mental Health Trust to give support to staff helping patients to stop smoking.

-that Nicotine Replacement Treatment be offered routinely to all patients on admission who smoke.

- that data, recording the smoking status of pregnant women was to be taken during their scans as this would record more women than those attending antenatal classes.

- making smoking at delivery a computer input by midwives compulsory.

- Local Authorities work towards the Health at Work Award including the Stop Smoking Responsibility Pledge.

- Local Authorities to increase publicity of the Stop Smoking Service to the wider community on websites and local publications.

- Local Councillors to promote the dates, times and venues of the Stop Smoking Sessions on their websites.
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The Scrutiny Officer informed Members that the next meeting of the Housing and Community Safety Select Committee would take place in January 2013.

The Review of Tobacco Control would be continued with invitations being sent to the Chief Executive and colleagues of North Tees Hospital to allow members the opportunity to address any issues they may have with the hospital.

The Committee were also informed that members from the Youth Service would also be in attendance.

Future Scrutiny topics for the 2013/14 Scrutiny Work Programme were invited for submission and would be considered at the next meeting of the Scrutiny Liaison Forum on the 12th February 2013 when all proposals would be discussed prior to consideration by the Executive Scrutiny Committee thereafter.
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There was no update.

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