Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 16th July, 2013
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett (Chair); Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead, Dave Sanders (Cleveland Police); Bob Warnock (Clinical Team Leader - Fall Team PCT); Mr Jarvis (public)
Officers:
Alison Blackburn (CESC); Lorraine Wilford (DNS); Tanya Harrison (LD)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
Anne Cains (public)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
15/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
16/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 11TH JUNE 2013
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
17/13
FALLS TEAM REFERRALS
AGREED that:

1. The report be noted

2. Mr Warnock be invited back to the meeting to be held in December to provide an update on the points raised.

3. Elected Members to provide information about Falls Day in their news letters to their constituents.

4. The Chair will look into putting an article in Stockton News to encourage greater awareness of Falls Day.
SHS
18/13
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the report be noted.
SHS
19/13
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the report be noted.
SHS
20/13
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
AGREED that the report be noted.
SHS
21/13
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
1.30 - 2.40pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
15/13
Cllr Cherrett declared a personal, non prejudicial interest in relation to the Falls Team Referral item due to her ex-husband being a member of Bob Warnock's team.
SHS
16/13
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 11th June 2013.
SHS
17/13
Mr Warnock (Clinical Team Leader - Falls Team) attended the Association to provide answers to questions that were sent from the Association prior to the meeting.

Question 1 - What about under 65's who were at risk through illness? Were they assessed separately and routinely?

Everyone from the age of 18 was assessed. He was trying to form links between other departments to ensure that all departments requested the completion of a falls questionnaire.

Question 2 - How would the 80 infra-red sensors be allocated.

The infra-red sensors had been provided to their most frequent fallers. Thirty sensors had already been allocated.

The sensor would notify a carer if the person tried to get up at night.

Question 3 - Whether the Age UK DVD had yet been introduced? If yes, how and to whom, if not, why not?

The DVD's were used as an exit strategy for people leaving hospital. They were given to residential homes.

Some of the members of the Association requested copies of the DVD for groups with which they were involved. Mr Warnock advised that he would get copies for the three that requested a copy but if Members identified a training need then they were to contact his team and his team would be happy to provide the training.

Question 4 - Was it true that is target figures for assessments were achieved then the Falls Team would not be able to cope with demand?

The Falls Team had developed a self-assessment pack. Everyone over the age of 65 years of age should have an assessment. Some did not qualify but from figures obtained from Accident and Emergency (A&E) identified that if all were referred it would generate over 450 extra cases for the Falls Team. The self-assessment pack, which would be given to everyone entering A&E, would assist in showing who actually required a referral to the Falls Team.

If the self-assessment packs generated a greater volume of referrals to the Falls Team Mr Warnock would have to address the issue with his superiors.

The Falls Team were looking to start putting the self-assessment packs in the GP surgery at Tennant Street in an effort to be proactive and carry out preventative work.

Dependant on the success and funding, the self-assessment packs could be put in more GP surgeries and could even be put on-line.

Members requested feedback on the points raised. The Chair confirmed that it would be put on the agenda for the December meeting.

Question 5 - Was there anything that Home Safety Association could do to help?

Mr Warnock advised that Falls Day was time consuming and therefore requested administrative support from Stockton Home Safety Association.

It was noted that contrary to information given to Mr Warnock from Mrs Cheung, a member of his team, she was not notified late in the year of Falls Day as the venue was booked a year in advance and the event took place on the same day every year.

It was noted that the venue for the Falls Day of 2012 had not been fit for purpose but the usual venue had not been available but had been booked a year in advance for 2013.

The Association suggested ways in which to encourage greater awareness of Falls Day by putting an article Stockton News and elected Members putting information in their newsletter.
SHS
18/13
The Children's Centre Officer reported that 14 events had been held in the Stockton Borough in addition to the other events usually held.

The additional events were held in conjunction with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The event addressed such issues as burns/scalds, heart starts and how to help a child that is choking.

It was noted that the attendance for each event was not known as each children's centre was responsible for their own event.

It was suggested that each children's centre could be given a format on how to run events, however this would not be possible as each centre had its own board who made decisions for that particular centre.

The Association was advised that officers had submitted a bid for funding to purchase lockable medicine cabinets and bath mats for children. Officers would be notified if they had been successful by 26th July.
SHS
19/13
The Trading Standards Officers reported that some roofers had been sentenced in court.

Discussion took part regarding a fire caused by sky lanterns.
SHS
20/13
The Police officer reported that there was now an exclusion zone in Stockton Town Centre and banning letters had gone out to individuals. This meant that offenders were informed that they had been banned from all shops.

The Police Officer advised that they were still experiencing problems with scrap metal thefts.

The Association was advised that policy/law had been strengthened on licenses for scrap metal collectors. More information would be provided when it became available.

The Association discussed an incident where a house was burgled and the spare keys of the car were taken and the owner could not get advice from the Police on how to secure his car.

The Police Officer advised that the help line would be manned by a Police Officer in future which would help but it would not always be wise to publish advice as it would bring it to the attention of thieves who would then find a way to get around the advice.
SHS
21/13
The Fire Officer was not in attendance and so there was nothing to report.

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