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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 


Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

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There were no declarations of interests.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held 29th June 2016.


DECIDED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, held 29th June 2016, be approved as a correct record.


Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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The Committee considered a report of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) that presented the Committee’s Work Programme 2016/17.


DECIDED – That the report be noted.


NHS England pre consultation on the proposed new clinical model for Learning Disabilities in the North West pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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Further to Minute 9, of the Committee’s previous meeting, held 29th June 2016, Members received a presentation and report from representatives of NHS England who addressed the Committee in relation to their consultation exercise, that was due to commence on 20th August 2016: ‘Transforming Care a proposed redesign of Learning Disability Services in the North West’. The report/presentation described the background to the Transforming Care Agenda and detailed the engagement process that had been undertaken with specific reference to the options for the models of service that were being proposed. The proposals were for ‘medium’ and ‘low secure’ beds in England’s North West region.


A model for a low secure unit was designed to meet specific population groups in the Region and would consider: services for women, persons with autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities, enduring needs, the rationalisation of some mainstream services and the maintenance of some existing services.


In order to expedite the exercise there was to be a key focus on less in-patient provision and more care within a community setting.  Therefore organisations providing inpatient care for this group of people were under review.  The document also aimed to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and or autism. Mersey Care Specialist Learning Disability Division, formally known as Calderstones Partnership was the only remaining stand-alone Learning Disability Hospital in England, with 223 beds. Calderstones Partnership prior to acquisition had been looking to find other partners to work with in order for them to be viable as a provider of Learning Disability Services in the future. Following a scoping exercise the Calderstones Board agreed that the partner that could bring most benefit to its service users in the long term was Mersey Care.  In March 2015 both Boards agreed that Mersey Care, following its authorisation as a Foundation Trust, which was granted in May 2016, should acquire Calderstones. This acquisition was completed in early July and Calderstones Partnership Foundation Trust was no longer an organisation in its own right. 


This work coincided with the national plan for learning disability services so people with a learning disability and/or autism will be supported to lead more independent lives and have a greater say about where they live and the support they receive. Central to the progress being set out in the consultation exercise was the proposal that over the next three years there would be new, high-quality, community-based services, for those with a learning disability and a move away from long stay inpatient hospital care.


The Committee considered the report in some detail commenting on the ambitious breadth and scope of the proposals, the type and nature of questions to be asked in the consultation, what outcomes are expected and how they will be measured and work to be undertaken in liaison with other organisations such as HealthWatch.


DECIDED – That (1) the report and presentation regarding the forthcoming consultation exercise: Transforming Care a proposed redesign of Learning disability Services in the North West’  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.


Market Oversight Report pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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The Committee considered a report of the Assistant Director - Adult Care (Commissioning) regarding the Market Oversight Plan which provided quality assurance information for services commissioned by the Adult Care service for the first quarter of 2016/17 (April – June).


The Committee were advised that the Adult Care Directorate commissions external provider services to deliver a range of Care services to adults with eligible social care needs. The Adult Care Commissioning Team assures the quality of these services and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) also regulates some of the services.


The submitted report included details of the five key questions that the CQC asked when they were undertaking an inspection as Members had requested this clarification at a previous meeting.


In considering the report a Member commented on issues relating to Ashbourne Nursing Home, Middleton noting that adverse publicity in the local media about this establishment had exacerbated the problems that already existed there. It was reported that the Council had, at the time, arrangements in place whereby ‘whistle blowers’ could report matters of concern in confidence, but in this case the individuals had chosen to raise these matters via local media outlets instead which did concern the senior management in Adult Care Services. As a consequence the Service had looked at ways of ensuring that staff at care homes can feed into the quality assurance process anonymously as currently there is a tendency to feedback through the manager at a home. A protocol has been developed to address this matter and a number of actions taken to support staff to feedback on any quality issues/concerns that they may have about the care home where they work anonymously.


Members of the Committee also raised issues relating to the possible duplication of complaints and the quality and quantity of responses to ‘satisfaction questionnaires’ and how members of the public could readily obtain such questionnaires.


DECIDED – That the report be noted.


School Admissions and Allocation of Places 2016 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which advised that Rochdale Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure there are enough school places for children in its’ area who want them and to make arrangements for parents to apply for school places and ensure every parent in the borough receives the offer of a school place. The Council exercises this duty by planning for enough school places and by setting out clear arrangements for their allocation.  The purpose of the submitted report therefore was to present information on school admissions arrangements and allocation for the 2016 Admissions round, including the Annual Report to the Schools Adjudicator.


The Committee were advised that late applications and changes of choice result in additional children being admitted to schools. It was noted that in 2016/17 an additional 296 secondary school places had been offered and an additional 253 primary school places were offered.


The Committee considered the report in detail seeking clarification on various issues that were noted in the report including the Fair Access Policy; the percentage of first preference school places that were offered (noting the lower percentages for the most sought after schools), the co-ordination of a Local Authority’s admission arrangements and the allocation of places to the children of refugees and asylum seekers.


The Committee requested that a briefing, for Members be provided by the Head of Schools Service around the procedures to be followed in respect of school admissions and the allocation of both primary and secondary school places, which would enable the Committee to examine all relevant issues in the submitted report in more detail.


DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

(2)  the Head of Schools Service be requested to provide Members of the Committee with an informal briefing around the procedures to be followed in respect of school admissions and the allocation of both primary and secondary school places.


Schools Final Outturns and Reportable Surplus 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 448 KB


The Director of Children’s Services submitted a report that, in line with the Scheme of Delegation with respect to school budgets, noted the overall position on the balances held in schools.


Under the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as amended) and the Scheme for Financing Schools, local authorities in conjunction with their Schools Forum are required to review and challenge the level of surpluses held by individual schools.  In general, funds given to schools are for the purpose of educating the pupils in school at that time, although it is recognised that schools will accumulate some funds for specific longer term planned projects. Excessive accumulation of surpluses, unless saved for a planned purpose, could represent a loss of opportunity for these pupils.


The Committee were advised that the Schools Forum is a statutory body comprising representatives of the Borough’ schools and the local Authority and which had statutory responsibilities for certain school funding and operational issues.


The Committee were informed that the capital funding available to schools had reduced significantly in recent years and schools are increasingly have to use revenue funds to carry out improvement works to their premises. A review of the reportable surplus statements due from schools over the summer months will be analysed and form part of the report to the Schools Forum in October 2016 and would be submitted to this Committee thereafter.


Following review of the use of reportable surpluses, the Schools Forum has delegated authority to claw back from individual schools any reportable surplus amounts over the agreed percentage which has not been or will not be utilised by schools in accordance with the Scheme. Any funds clawed back go back into the Schools Block to be re-distributed to all schools through the fair funding formula


DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

(2) a further report be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee, following a review of the reportable surplus statements due from schools over the 2016 summer months, after this matter has been reported to the Schools Forum in October 2016.


Healthwatch Rochdale Annual Report 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 1 MB


The Committee received the HealthWatch Rochdale Annual Report 2015/16. The report highlighted who HealthWatch were, what their role was and their staffing resources (both in paid and voluntary capacities).


The report advised that in 2015/16 all HealthWatch organisations in Greater Manchester had played, and would continue to do so in 2016/17, an active role in readiness for the devolution of executive health and social care powers to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority from April 2016. HealthWatch would, it was reported, continue to monitor any proposed changes, insofar as they affect the residents of the Rochdale Borough.


HealthWatch had throughout the year developed strong relationships with key partners including the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Council but still managing to maintain their independence and ability to scrutinise and challenge these bodies. HealthWatch was fully engaged with the Borough and held regular meetings across the four Township areas.


DECIDED - That the Healthwatch Rochdale Annual Report 2015/16 be noted.


GMCA and AGMA Scrutiny Pool pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting of the GMCA and AGMA Scrutiny Pool meeting held 10th June 2016.


DECIDED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool held 10th June 2016 be noted.