Health Scrutiny Panel – 24 July 2012

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

26  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllrs Barker, Bromby, Eckhardt and Ogg all declared personal interests as they had relatives employed by the NHS.

No whip was declared.

27  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK– There were no requests received.

28  LOCALITY WORKING FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE – The panel received a presentation from Angie Smithson, Director of Operations at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Pete Lenehan, Head of Communities and Partnership, and Stephen Ball, Localities Manager at North Lincolnshire Council, on the development of health and social care integrated teams across North Lincolnshire.  It was explained that there was a move towards providing care in the community rather than from within a hospital setting.  The multi-disciplinary integrated teams were in place in Barton and Winterton, and plans were advanced to host teams in the other three settings.  Members discussed the plans and asked questions on a number of related issues, such as funding, timescales, the make-up of the teams, assessments and the involvement of other specialists.

Resolved – That an update on progress be provided to the panel in November/December 2012.

29  SITE VISIT TO SCUNTHORPE GENERAL HOSPITAL – The Chairman led a discussion on a recent site visit to the Disney Ward and Ward 28 at Scunthorpe General Hospital on 18 July 2012.  The Chairman explained that feedback had been provided to the hospital Trust’s Chief Executive and Director of Nursing, and that it would also be passed to the local commissioner.

Resolved – That the panel request a further visit to ward 28 later in the Autumn.

30  CHILDREN’S CONGENITAL CARDIAC SERVICES – The Director, Policy and Resources explained that a decision had been taken by Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts to reconfigure the number of children’s cardiac centres across England.  This would result in specialist surgery being halted at the Leeds site.  The Director explained that Leeds City Council, acting on behalf of the region, has subsequently referred the decision to the Secretary of State.

Resolved – That the panel be kept up to date with any further developments.

31  DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH – Members received a short, verbal update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.

32  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.