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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 86 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held 14th September 2016.


DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 14th September 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


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.


Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Update

Representatives of the Trust to report.


The Chair welcomed representatives of the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (PCFT) (Ms. M. Bennion and Ms. J. Reynolds) who gave a presentation to members around the services provided by the Trust especially with regard to the provision of services for children, which was an update from their previous attendance at a meeting of this Committee in March 2016.


The Chair, and other members of the Committee, expressed disappointment that information pertaining to the presentation was not circulated in advance of the meeting with the rest of the agenda’s paperwork and asked that this be done on future occasions that the Trust deliver presentations to the Committee.


The presentation focused on:

a)    the family nurse partnership (and the Rochdale Delivery Model)

b)    Health Visitor and Children’s Nursing Services

c)    Children’s Acute and Ongoing Needs Service

d)    Multi-agency working practices

e)    Provision of Special Education Needs Services and mental health assessments for vulnerable children


The Committee considered the presentation in detail and requested that further informal sessions be held to discuss specific aspects of the PCFT’s service. The Committee also noted the offer from the PCFT representatives for the Committee to visit Trust facilities to view services in an operational sense and to discuss issues of concern with staff.


DECIDED – that (1) the report be noted;

(2) the Committee request that informal sessions of the Committee be held with PCFT representatives to discuss issues relating to the provision of children’s services generally;

(3) the Committee resolves to accept the offer from the PCFT representatives for the Committee’s membership to visit the Trust’s facilities to view services in an operational sense and the Clerk be requested to make the appropriate arrangements.


Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group - Update

Representatives of the CCG to report


DECIDED – That consideration of the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s update report and presentation be deferred to the Committee’s next scheduled meeting on 15th December 2016.


Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.


DECIDED – That the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business since it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, namely information relating to the business or financial affairs of any particular person (including the person holding that information).


Locality Plan Report


The Committee considered a report of the Clinical Commissioning Group that updated Members on the latest developments within the jointly commissioned Locality Plan programme.


The Locality Plan Programme was in development and work continued to produce a strategy paper that would formally seek the necessary governance approvals from both the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Council. The strategy paper outlined the collective five year approach to developing a Local Care Organisation including options for the type of and role the organisation will be responsible for going forward.


The Committee in considering the report noted that it contained acronyms and other ‘jargon’ that was difficult for non-health professionals to understand and requested that future reports avoid this, wherever possible.


DECIDED – That the report be noted.


NB: the press and public were readmitted to the meeting at the conclusion of this agenda item.


Directorate Plans 2016-17 Quarter 2 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 240 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods regarding the position at the end of Quarter 2 (30th September 2016) of the activities contained in the Adult Care Services Directorate Plan 2016/17, the Children’s Services Directorate Plan 2016/17 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2016/17.


In terms of Children’s Services the Committee sought clarification on action point CS009 (Multi-Agency Screening Service) insofar that a revised operating model had been introduced for Children’s Services and requested what, if any, problems existed with the previous model. The Chair referred to action point CS0015 (Quality Assurance and Performance Framework), noting that review of the CSC Framework would be undertaken following a visit to Doncaster Council’s Children’s Services and she requested sight of the document prior to completion of the review. The Chair also requested that further information be forwarded to her in relation to the delivery of social work practice (detailed at action point CS016), prior to completion of the proposed review. Members of the Committee noted the high number of apprenticeships that were being offered to 16 – 18 year olds and asked that the Director of Children’s Services convey the congratulations of the Committee to all concerned in this regard. In respect of action point CS013 (CAMHS Transformation Plan) the Committee requested that a further informal session of Committee members be held to enable Members to consider these matters in further detail.


In respect of Adult Care Services the Committee noted that the Directors and Assistant Directors were not in attendance to answer specific questions that Members may raise and the Committee requested that written responses, to all Members of the Committee, be given in respect of action points 3.02 (Implement Shared Case Record) and 2.6 (Delivering Services within Budget).


In respect of the Public Health and Wellbeing Directorate Members sought clarification on action point PH004a (Refresh of the Tobacco Control Strategy) insofar as it affected e-cigarettes and were advised that the Council’s policy was that it would prefer that these are not used other than as a means of helping people stopping to smoke ordinary cigarettes. A Member in considering the report referred to the encouraging work of the Oral Health Study Group and in doing so sought (and received) assurances that funding for ‘maternity teeth cleaning packs’ had been reinstated into the Public Health Service’s budget. The Director of Public Health, with regard to oral health in general, stated the view that the most effective way of improving oral hygiene across the Borough was via fluoridation of the domestic water supply. However this was something that couldn’t be done by Rochdale Council in isolation; it would need the support of neighbouring local authorities and most crucially the support of the Mayor for Greater Manchester, when a person will be elected to that position in May 2017. Members of the Committee noted the work that was being done to counter childhood obesity and a Strategy in this regard was being developed and would be presented to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.


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 Adult Care services for the second quarter of 2016/17 (July – September).


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 five key questions that the CQC ask when they were undertaking an inspection as Members had requested this clarification at a previous meeting.


The Committee noted that the Adult Care Service was currently on-track with all of its current reviews. A Member referred to Nursing Homes detailed in the report that were described as being in special measures and were advised that the Council expected assurances within a 8 -12 week period that appropriate improvements to service were being made otherwise action would be taken.


DECIDED – That the report be noted.


2nd Quarter Social Care Complaints pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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The Directors of Children’s Services and Adult Services presented a report that provided Members with a summary of Adult and Children’s Social Care complaints received during the second quarter 2016/2017 (July – September).


Social care complaints are subject to a statutory reporting framework which are scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission. The Council’s Customer Feedback Team extracts and reports on the information recorded for social care services during the study period, including the number of complaints received at each stage of the process, the numbers of complaints that are investigated and responded to within the permitted timescale and the numbers that were upheld.


DECIDED – That the report be noted.


GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Minutes of the meetings of the Scrutiny Pool held on 9th September and 14th October 2016, for information.

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DECIDED – That the Minutes of the meetings of the GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool held 9th September and 14th October 2016 be noted.