Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adults' Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Group Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 28th February, 2017
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Building, Church Road, Stockton on Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Jim Beall, Sarah Bowman-Abouna, Emma Champley, Liz Hanley, Sean McEneany, Paula Swindale
Officers:
George Irving, Michael Henderson (SBC)
Apologies for absence:
Ann Workman (SBC)
Item Description Decision
Public
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43/16
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN
RESOLVED that in the absence of the Chair, Sean McEneany chairs the meeting.
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44/16
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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45/16
MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS HELD ON 23 NOVEMBER 2016 AND 24 JANUARY 2017
 
AHW
46/16
COMMISSIONING PLAN/FORWARD PLAN
RESOLVED that the commissioning table and discussion be noted/actioned as appropriate.
AHW
47/16
EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC
RESOLVED that the Public be excluded from the following item of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972.
Confidential
AHW
48/16
CARER SERVICES UPDATE
  • Report (34K/bytes)
RESOLVED that the progress report be noted and a further report on this matter be submitted to the Group's March meeting

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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44/16
There were no declarations of interest.
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45/16
The minutes of the meetings held on 23 November 2016 and 24 January 2017 were confirmed as a correct record.
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46/16
Following the Group's February meeting representatives from public health, adult social care and the CCG met and produced a table that detailed collective/joint activity that could be considered by this group.

The Group received additional details about the areas of work that had been identified. Discussion could be summarised as follows:

- this group to receive an update on the work of the Mental Health Steering Group and particularly where the gaps were and where there could be a more integrated/joint approach to commissioning.

- the Domestic Abuse Steering Group had produced a draft strategy and some commissioning activity would fall out of this around victims, perpetrators and children affected by it.

- Identification and promotion of key messages, via social care contracts/workforce would be considered.

- it was noted that, with regard to care homes, once there was some kind of agreement around the fees position, going forward, consideration would be given to establishing a contract framework.

- the Group had been provided with a list of social care contracts but not all would be suitable for joint commissioning. It would be important to draw out the ones that were and align them with specific joint commissioning areas.

- Advocacy would be a strong area for joint commissioning.

- it was noted that a major piece of work around care at home arrangements had been undertaken and an update on this was provided. It was explained that a framework that would reduce some of the travel and other issues had been developed and would go to the market in March. This was an open framework and would allow for potential growth of social enterprise activity . It allowed smaller providers to enter the framework and grow, hopefully encouraging local provision.

- It was noted that the relevant Cabinet member would be kept updated with regard to issues around Home Care and Carers.

- there was a discussion about Domestic Abuse and the impact it had on health services, even before cases came to the attention of the Police, or a specialist service. It was queried if the CCG had identified a specific resource or changes to contractual requirements, in this area. The CCG representative would look into this further.

- the Group discussed the nursing care sector. It was noted that, within Stockton, there was not a shortage of nursing care beds and a number of choices existed. However, there was some pressure in terms of dementia beds. The Group discussed the pros and cons of a community hospital model that could help with relieving pressure on acute beds and make nursing care a more attractive career path.

- it was agreed that a section should be added to the table relating to areas of development/consideration.

- Adult social care elements should be wrapped up as a framework topic including timescales for decisions and reviews.

- from a governance perspective, where issues were being considered at other groups, this should be referenced in the table.

Reference was made to changes to local government funding in 2020 when resources would be linked to business rates. This created a degree of uncertainty and should be borne in mind in terms of commitments beyond this date.

- It was noted that further work would be undertaken on the table and the Group's Forward Plan. Revised documents would be submitted to the Group's next meeting.
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48/16
Members considered a report that updated the Group on progress relating to Carer Support.

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