People Scrutiny Panel – 19 July 2011

Councillors Barker (Vice-Chair), Bainbridge, Barkworth, Evison, L Foster, Ogg and Wells.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mr N Craven and Mrs A Dunkerley (Parent Governor Representative) and Mr W Egan and Mrs W Witter (Church Representatives).

Councillors Collinson and Marper attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests. 

No whip was declared. 

10  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 21 June, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

11  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAKThere were no requests received.

12  CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The chairman welcomed Councillor Waltham, the council’s Cabinet Member for Adult and Children’s Services, to the meeting. Councillor Waltham had been invited to the panel meeting to update members on any key decisions, important business or key developments which had occurred during the last quarter.

Discussion centred around the following, with Cllr Waltham taking questions throughout:

  • The personalisation agenda, including ongoing work to encourage a local market
  • The Transformation Programme
  • School Support
  • The role of the local authority in a changing educational environment.

Resolved – That the council’s Cabinet Member for Adult and Children’s Services be thanked for his attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

13  (1)  CHILDREN’S CONGENITAL CARDIAC SURGERY CONSULTATION The panel discussed a draft consultation response to the ongoing children’s cardiac surgery review.  This draft concluded that Option D, which includes the continued provision of specialist services in Leeds, would be the preferred option.

It was also confirmed that the scrutiny panel would also remain as part of a regional scrutiny network that was looking to provide a response to the consultation.

Resolved – (a) That the consultation response be agreed and returned to the national Safe and Sustainable review team, and (b) that further updates be provided to the panel on the regional work.

14  (2)  CONSIDERATION OF WORK PROGRAMME AND PRIORITIES – The panel considered their future work programme.  A number of issues were raised, including domiciliary care, children’s safeguarding and the recent Munro Report, the transition of children with disabilities from children to adult services, and the developing local arrangements for the future provision of health and social care.

Resolved – (a) That the panel undertake preparatory work for a review into domiciliary care in North Lincolnshire, (b) that an informal meeting be held with relevant officers to discuss safeguarding procedures, reporting back to the panel, (c) that a visit to the Ironstone Centre for Health and Social Care be arranged, and (d) that the panel considers other priorities and work plans at their next formal meeting.

15  DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE – VERBAL UPDATE FOR MEMBERS – The panel was updated on a number of key developments in the health, social care and children and young people’s field, locally, regionally and nationally. This included a recent Care Quality Commission visit to Scunthorpe General Hospital, the Dilnot Commission’s findings on possibilities for future funding for care and support, and recent Public Health guidance.

Resolved – That the position be noted, and regular updates to the panel be continued.