Proposed venue: Hollingworth - (Room 108AB), First Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU. View directions
Contact: Fabiola Fuschi Senior Governance and Committee Officer
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Allonby, Besford and William. Councillor S. Mohammed attended the meeting as substitute for Councillor Besford.
Overview and Scrutiny: functions and responsibilities
The Senior Governance and Committee Services Officer delivered a presentation concerning the functions of Overview and Scrutiny Committees, their role within the wider Council structure and its governance arrangements, their key principles, their powers and responsibilities. Particular attention was dedicated to the Health Scrutiny remit as per provision of the Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny Committee Health Scrutiny Functions) Regulations 2012.
The Director of Children’s Services presented the main themes of the Children’s Services Directorate Plan for 2022/23.
Ø Rochdale identified by Department for Education (DfE) for Pilot Education Investment Area;
Ø Education White Paper (by 2030 every school would be an academy);
Ø Consultation on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to build a better offer and linkage with Pilot Education Investment Area;
Ø Children’s Social Care Review;
Ø Workforce recruitment and retention;
Ø Neighbourhood programme and what this means for families;
Members raised some topics of interest for residents and local communities:
Ø Children’s Social Care, residential placements and outcomes for Rochdale;
Ø Decreasing number of foster carers;
Ø Young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET)
The Director of Public Health presented the main themes of the Public Health Directorate Plan for 2022/23.
Ø Wider Determinants of Health - poverty and domestic abuse;
Ø Healthcare and Public Health – integration, preventative approach, cardiovascular disease and inequalities;
Ø Health Protection – Covid-19 response, winter plan and Monkey Pots;
Ø Procurement – substance misuse, treatment and recovery;
Ø Health and Wellbeing Board – work plan, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Prevention Strategy;
Members raised the following matters of interest to residents and local communities:
Ø Social isolation – members referred to the well-established and self-funded men’s support group at Moor House whose format could be replicated across the Borough. With support from the voluntary sector, this model could help with issues such as wellbeing and social isolation.
Ø Dementia – members asked how community assets could be utilised as respite facilities and support for carers (Dementia Strategy and improved outcome for carers).
The Director of Strategic Commissioning outlined one of main themes in the Adult Social Care Directorate Plan for 2022/23: the Health and Care Bill, Locality Board and locality plans.
The Director of Strategic Commissioning also highlighted some work streams concerning Health Services such as:
Ø Primary Care and access to G.P. services;
Ø Planned operations (providers to attend);
Ø Service reconfigurations proposals – how to deliver specialist services;
The Assistant Director Adult Social Care Operations presented the main actions for 2022/23
Ø People at the Heart of Care: Adult Social Care Reform;
o Maximise opportunities for adults with complex health needs;
o Enhance model of delivery integrated care across the system (neighbourhoods);
o Workforce culture and retaining staff;
o Digital offer to meet demand in adult services;
o Mental Capacity Act and Safeguarding
Members raised some questions and topics of interest for their residents and communities:
Ø Primary, Secondary Care and face to face access;
Ø Adult care and groups “who fall through the net”
Ø Quality of care for elderly population.
RESOLVED that the themes highlighted and discussed at this evening’s work programming session would be considered by the Committee to form a draft work programme for 2022/23.
Date and times of next meetings for 2022/23
The Committee noted the dates and times of next meetings:
Ø 19th July 2022 at 6 p.m.
Ø 6th September 2022 at 6 p.m.
Ø 9th November 2022 at 6 p.m.
Ø 9th February 2022 at 6 p.m.