Health Scrutiny Panel – 3 December 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.

Councillors Barker (Vice-Chair), Ogg and Rowson.

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

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

No whip was declared.

170  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAKThere were no requests received.

171  INTEGRATED HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE LOCALITY TEAMS- The Director, Policy and Resources, circulated a short briefing paper updating members on the current position regarding the integrated teams.  This covered staffing, location, skill-mix and funding implications.  The Chairman then led a discussion of the panel’s next steps.  Members agreed to take a two-step approach, firstly considering funding issues and then hearing evidence on how the teams were now working.

Resolved – (a) That relevant representatives from the council and the local NHS be invited to future meetings of the panel, and (b) that the situation be noted.

172  FUTURE WORK PRIORITIES – The Chairman invited members to consider their future work programme and priorities.  A number of pieces of work were required in early 2014, including finalising the report on health and social care integration and considering the Quality Accounts of local NHS Trusts.  Members also decided to revisit their previous work on Home Support.

Resolved – That the panel’s work programme be amended accordingly, and the necessary arrangements made.

173  FEEDBACK FROM THE RECENT VISIT TO SCUNTHORPE GENERAL HOSPITAL – The Director, Policy and Resources gave a short, verbal report on a site visit that the scrutiny panel had made, along with colleagues from Healthwatch North Lincolnshire, to Scunthorpe General Hospital.  Members and Healthwatch representatives had visited Ward 25, the Hyperacute Stroke Unit, and the Emergency Centre on Friday 22 November.  Feedback had been provided back to the Trust, and any concerns had been acted upon.

Resolved – (a) That Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust be thanked for arranging the visit, and (b) that the situation be noted.

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

Resolved – That the situation be noted

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