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

Wednesday, 30th January, 2013
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

Cllr Julia Cherrett(Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown(Vice Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Miss Tina Large, Cllr David Wilburn.
Kerry Anderson, Gareth Carson, Eve Connor-McGill, Ruby Poppleton, David Willingham(CESC), Dave Kitching(DNS), Michelle Jones, Judith Trainer, Sarah Whaley(LD).
In Attendance:
Alan Foster(Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust).
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Andrew Sherris.
Item Description Decision
AGREED that the minutes be signed.
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
AGREED that the information be noted.
2.00pm - 3.50pm


There were no declarations of interest.
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting which was held on the 22nd November 2012 for signature.
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting which was held on the 20th December 2012 for approval.
Members received information in relation to the Review of Tobacco Control from the Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and from officers of Stockton Borough Council.

The Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust gave the Committee a verbal update highlighting opportunities and actions needed to address smoking and tobacco control from a hospital trust perspective.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

- brief overview of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the development of the Health and Wellbeing Board since the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012.

- the Trust had bought into the smoking cessation pledge which included a commitment to encourage staff to stop smoking and allowed staff to attend smoking cessation services during work time with no loss of pay. Members felt this principle should extend to employees of Stockton Borough Council in conjunction with the NHS.

- Stop Smoking Service and cessation information was actively advertised in and around hospital premises, with telephone numbers and website addresses offering support to those wanting to give up smoking.

- GP practices were informed of smoking cessation clinics to enable them to signpost patients in order for them to take full advantage of the service. Details of whether a patient smoked were routinely recorded on patient notes.

- health professionals were trained to give advice and promote stop smoking to patients as well as referring patients to Stop Smoking Services. In addition a standard letter would be sent to patients, asking them not to smoke in their homes when receiving home visits from health professionals, helping drive the message home that smoking was not considered as acceptable as it may have once been.

- pharmacy Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) was offered to smokers in hospital.

- Members heard there was a current drive to promote the benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy, however there was evidence which suggested that younger women were less likely to stop. The Chief Executive of the Trust highlighted that more needed to be done in this area and any help from the wider community would be gratefully accepted.

- discussion took place regarding the smoking shelter located close to the entrance of North Tees Hospital and the possibility of moving it. Due to past experience officers explained that this would not solve the problem as patients and visitors would smoke outside the nearest exit/entrance they could find. The Trading Standards and Licensing Manager informed the committee that if the entrance was more than 50% enclosed statutory enforcement could be applied, which could help resolve the issue of smokers smoking around the entrance. The Chief Executive of the Trust was happy to investigate improving the frontage of North Tees Hospital.

- Members suggested that , separate smoking shelters should be provided for staff out of the view of the public. It was noted that the effect of the new policies had on uptake of smoking cessation services etc. would be monitored.

- the Committee was informed that the University Hospital of North Durham had adopted new, 'Healthier Greener Cleaner' signage in and around the hospital grounds. The Chief Executive of the Trust requested that Stockton Borough Council look into acquiring the same signs as they sent out a positive message for a better cleaner environment.

Officers from Stockton Borough Council presented the Committee with information relating to the prevention of smoking in Young People.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

- a brief overview of the Youth Support Service, in particular Open Access Services which was aimed at improving young people’s well-being through programmes and interventions in youth centres, which were attended by 11-19 year olds.

- the service worked in partnership, working with organisations such as the Joint Action Group(J.A.G) and the Anti-Social Behaviour(ASB)Team, to deliver diversionary activities for young people as well as working closely with the Police, Enforcement, Substance Misuse Team, Camhs etc.

- smoking awareness was delivered to young people using the 'this is me' toolkit, risk taking behaviour road shows, involvement in No smoking day, stoptober and health events. Members were also informed that information from evaluation forms completed after these sessions influenced future delivery.

- discussion took place around how successful the sessions were and whether or not there had been a decline in smoking from those youths who had attended. Officers informed the committee that as the programme was still in its infancy this information was still to be determined.

- There was also a targeted youth service and those assigned caseworkers could be as young as 8. The service asked why those that smoked did this, with the most common response being peer pressure and family environment.

The SRE Coordinator for Children Education and Social Care presented the committee with information in relation to smoking education within schools and colleges.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

- Risk Taking Behaviour (RTB) Toolkit for Secondary Schools, which had been developed over a period of two years in conjunction with many partners. It had been implemented in many schools within the borough and was well received.

- Members were informed that the Risk Taking Behaviour Roadshow was made up of 4 elements, Drugs and Alcohol, Peer Pressure, Sexual Health and Risk Taking. There was an additional station in development, which would be more specific to smoking, however, currently, the smoking element was included in the drugs and alcohol section of the road show. It was explained that sessions could be tailored for differing age groups. The Committee noted that the Road Show lasted for 1 hour and Members queried whether this was sufficient Following the Road Show, schools would carry on the work throughout the year in classroom time. Members felt that this was extremely important and schools should ensure that specific lessons were held on a regular basis to reinforce key messages.

- officers explained that schools were encouraged to work towards achieving the 'Inclusion Quality Mark for Schools'. There were three levels to achieve, each with their own criteria, these were made up of bronze, silver and gold. The main objective within the smoking section was to work towards the 'FRESH Smoke Free Quality Standard'. A new version of the quality mark had recently been introduced and was being piloted by a small number of schools.

- Social Norms surveys were carried out at years 7 and 9 which looked at actual behaviour and perceived behaviour amongst young people. Positive messages around actual behaviour would then be presented back, e.g. “99% of Year 7 pupils in this school do not smoke”. Students would then be re-surveyed at a later date to look at whether there had been a behaviour shift.

- members were informed of the future plans to review the content of the RTB Road Show taking into account young people’s opinions. There was also plans to roll the Road Show out to college based settings.

The Committee asked if more could be done to stop parents smoking at school gates, officers explained that smoke free policies were in place in school however consultation with parents was difficult.
The Scrutiny Officer informed Members that the next meeting of the Housing and Community Safety Select Committee would take place in February 2013 and the Review of Tobacco Control would be continued.
There was no update.

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