Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Donna Williams.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

Minutes:

In accordance to the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Sultan Ali declared a personal interest in agenda item 8 (Springhill Hospice Quality Account 2016/17) insofar as a he was a Trustee at Springhill Hospice.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 13th April 2017.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, held 13th April 2017, be approved as a correct record.

4.

Health Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Minutes:

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

 

The Committee asked that consideration be giving to scheduling some of the issues below into the Committee’s Work Programme:

 

a.    Young People’s mental health – the Chair reported that she was to meet with Councillor Smith to initially scope out this matter, with a view to a Members Study Group being undertaken.

b.    Drugs and alcohol services (generally) – the Chair undertook to meet with the Director of Public Health to expedite this matter.

c.    Provision of sexual health services (since the provision of service has been taken up by a new provider) – the Chair advised that some background information on this matter had been circulated to Members of the Committee and further information in respect of ‘Whistleblowing’ policies and Key Performance indicators was still sought. 

d.    Obesity levels especially in children – the Chair advised that a working party existed within the Council that was looking into initiatives to tackle obesity levels across the Borough. Meetings of the Group were attended by the Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing and there was scope, if required, for the representation of elected members to be extended. Minutes of meetings of the Working Group would be presented to future meetings of the Committee.

e.    Diabetes (levels of support available, accessibility of that support) – the Committee was advised about the levels of support for people that were either suffering from diabetes or were at risk of doing so. The Committee were advised that this matter was particularly pressing as the AGE Concern shop that was based in Rochdale town centre had now closed. The Chair undertook to pursue this matter with Councillor Robinson and suggested that a way forward was for the Committee’s Members to have an informal one-off meeting to enable Members to discuss this matter in greater detail.   

f.     Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (insofar as it impacts on skills/educational opportunities – the Chair advised that representatives of the Borough’s colleges (including Councillors who were on the college’s governing bodies) be invited to a future meeting of the Committee to discuss this further.

g.    Coroner’s Service – the Chair advised that the Coroner had now commenced her duties after which arrangements would be made for Committee Members to visit the new Coroner on-site including discussions about how the service deals with various cultural/religious sensitivities around deaths, especially in the Islamic faith.

h.    Report on bereavement services (or maybe a one-off session) – the Chair advised that this was to be determined.

i.      Visit to Pennine Care Foundation Trust and to the Pennine Acute Trust facilities

 

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

(2) the Clerk to the Committee, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee monitor the progress of the actions (a – i) above and update the Committee at the next meeting.

5.

Market Oversight Report pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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 fourth quarter of 2016/17 (January – March).

 

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 Committee noted that the Adult Care Service was currently on-track with all of its current reviews. A Member referred to various Nursing Homes which were detailed in the report that were described as being in special measures. Members were advised that the Council expected assurances within an 8 - 12 week period that appropriate improvements to service were being made otherwise appropriate action would be taken. Members of the Committee also sought information as to the process for closing homes and how long a period a poorly performing home was allowed to stay open. The Committee also sought definitions and the methodology for how complaints were rated and validated.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

            (2) the Assistant Director - Adult Care (Commissioning) be requested to provide members of the Committee a presentation at an informal session of the Committee’s membership on how complaints, relating to the provision of Adult Care Services  were rated and validated.

6.

Better Care Fund 2016/17 National Indicator Performance Update pdf icon PDF 315 KB

Minutes:

DECIDED – That consideration of this matter be deferred to an informal meeting of the Committee’s membership, at a date to be determined.

7.

Directorate Plans 2016-17 Quarter 4 Update pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods regarding the position at the end of Quarter 4 (31st March 2017) 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 CS011 (Children with SEND) and the Director of Children’s Services commented on the recent SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) inspection, carried out by the CQC (in respect of the authority’s SEND) which required some further work on the Council’s behalf. Members, in considering this, requested that a report be submitted to a future meeting thereon.

 

The Committee also commented upon action point CS013, relating to the impact of the Council’s CAMHS Transformation Plan on mental health of children and young people.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

(2) the Director of Children’s Services be requested to submit further information to Members of the Committee relating to the impact of the Council’s CAMHS Transformation Plan on mental health of children and young people;

(3)  the Director of Children’s Services be requested to submit a report to a future meeting of the Committee relating to the waiting times for assessments in respect of SEND assessments.

8.

Springhill Hospice Quality Account 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the Springhill Hospice Quality Account 2016/17 be noted.

9.

Obesity Action Group pdf icon PDF 177 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting held 15th March 2017 and the Action Plan appended thereto.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the minutes of the meeting of the Obesity Action group held 15th March 2017. In considering the report and the appendices attached thereto the Committee asked if they could have sight of the letters that notified parents about their child’s perceived obesity, requesting information about who determines what information is put in these letters and can an example of such a letter be forwarded to members, for information? The Committee asked for information about what constituted the underlying reasons for greater prevalence of obesity in children from BME groups; if there any way of mapping obesity in the Borough; members expressed concern at the terminology in the report. The Committee also asked if the terms of reference, of the Obesity Action Group could be submitted to the Committee for information and also requested to know how the information was disseminated to schools.

 

DECIDED – That this item be further considered at the Committee’s next meeting and the Director of Public Health be requested to attend that meeting to discuss the issues raised with members of the Committee.

10.

GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To note the Minutes of the meeting held 7th April 2017

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool held 7th April 2017 be noted.