Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Group Minutes

Date:
Monday, 6th November, 2017
Time:
1.30 p.m.
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton on Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Martin Gray (Chairman), Emma Champley, Jo Heaney and Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy
Officers:
Michael Henderson, Jane Smith, Michael Rowntree, Martin Skipsey (SBC)
Apologies for absence:
Sarah Bowman-Abouna, Jason Harwin, Kate Birkenhead
Item Description Decision
Public
CHW
21/17
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CHW
22/17
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5 JULY 2017
 
CHW
23/17
SEND DRAFT JOINT COMMISSIONING STRATEGY
RESOLVED that the discussion around the strategy be noted and actioned as appropriate.
CHW
24/17
HEALTH INITIATIVES
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
CHW
25/17
0 - 19 PROGRAMME
RESOLVED that the report be noted and the proposals, contained in the report, relating to which bidder should be awarded the contract be endorsed.
CHW
26/17
FORWARD PLAN

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CHW
21/17
Councillor McCoy declared a personal, non prejudicial interest in item 6 entitled '0 -19 Programme', as she was a member of the Stockton and District Advice and Information Service Board which was referred to in the report. She pointed out that when this issue had been considered by the Board, she played no part in the discussion and left the meeting.
CHW
22/17
The minutes of the meeting held on 5th July 2017 were confirmed as a correct record.
CHW
23/17
Members received a report that presented a first draft of a SEND Joint Commissioning Strategy, which was a requirement of the SEND Code of Practice.

Comments on the draft, already received from officers and other groups, was provided. Members discussed those comments and made a number of their own. Details of discussion could be summarized as follows:

- detail would be included in the Strategy, linking recommendations back to the original needs assessment and clearly showing the rationale for those recommendations.


- Priorities 3 and 4 would be combined.

- the Group discussed personal budgets at length and agreed that wording around this needed to be strengthened, considerably.

- Stockton had a Designated Medical Officer and attempts to recruit a Designated Clinical Officer were being undertaken to compliment the role of the Medical Officer.

- further consideration of the narrative, in recommendation xii, relating to data gathering and sharing,would be undertaken with the CCG.

- consideration to be given to including specific reference on how priorities would be achieved. It was noted that there would be an Action Plan underpinning the strategy which would be formulated by the SEND Commissioning Group.

- members recognized the importance of providing alternatives to out of area education and care placements, particularly as it would provide the best outcomes for children. This needed to be clearly reflected under priority 7.

- it was clear that the strategy needed to recognize the role of schools as commissioners of a number of SEND services.

- reference to the Enhanced Schools Model implementation, in priority 8, needed to be remain, though the narrative around it could be amended if necessary.

The strategy would be cross-referenced against the code of practice.

Further work on the development of the strategy was planned with parents, carers and young people.

A revised copy of the draft strategy would be sent to members of the Group in due course.

Ultimately, the Strategy would be signed off by the Health and Wellbeing Board. it was suggested that it also be circulated to the Safeguarding Children's Board.
CHW
24/17
Members received a report that provided some detail of successful bids under the health initiatives programme, which was funded by the CCG and managed by Catalyst.

A version of the report, that provided more information around Children's schemes would be circulated to the Group.
CHW
25/17
The Group received a report that provided details of the procurement process associated with the 0-19 Wellbeing Model. It was explained that the tender had been split into three lots and the Group received details of the bids received, together with a recommendation relating to which bidders should be awarded the contract.

Members noted that the procurement process had been robust and transparent and feedback would be provided to unsuccessful bidders.

Members were assured that the specification of the contract was very strong and would allow commissioners to hold the provider to account.

In terms of governance arrangements it was
suggested that a representative from the contracting team should attend governance meetings.
CHW
26/17
Members considered the Forward Plan and a number of amendments were suggested.

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