People Scrutiny Panel – 12 January 2016

Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Armiger, Armitage, and Glover.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mr W Egan (Church Representative), Mrs P Whittaker (Parent Governor Representative).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

333  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations or whip declared.

334  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAKThere were no requests received.

335  (3)  REVIEW OF CARE HOMES DRAFT ACTION PLAN TheChairman welcomed Karen Pavey, Assistant Director Adults, to the meeting.  The Chairman explained that Karen had been invited to discuss the draft Action Plan arising from the panel’s previous report on care homes, prior to its submission to Cabinet on 26 January 2016.  Karen discussed completed and proposed actions in response to the panel’s recommendations, answering members’ questions as appropriate.

Resolved – (a)  That Karen Pavey be thanked for her presentation and for responding to members’ questions, and (b) that the panel note and support the draft action plan, prior to submission to Cabinet.

336  (4)  NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE ANNUAL EDUCATION REPORT 2015.  The Chairman introduced Peter Thorpe, the Assistant Director, Education, to the meeting.  Peter had been asked to present and summarise the contents of the Annual Education Report 2015, and to respond to members’ questions.  Peter gave a general overview of the report, summarising the key points and discussing local performance.  Members asked a number of questions, including on issues such as education for those excluded from school and those in care, local collaboration, and efforts to improve literacy.

Resolved – (a)  That Peter Thorpe be thanked for his presentation, and (b) that the situation be noted.

337  VACCINATION AND IMMUNISATION ACROSS NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE. The panel received an overview from Giles Ratcliffe, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, of the national scheme for ensuring safe and effective levels of immunisation for a number of diseases, and how these were being implemented locally.  The presentation covered issues such as tuberculosis screening, and vaccination rates for HPV and meningitis.  Giles gave a description of responsibilities for planning, commissioning, and delivering a joined-up service for local people, explaining ongoing efforts to maximise levels of immunisation and take-up of timely vaccinations.  Giles responded to questions from members on issues such as rates of coverage for HPV and influenza, data sharing, and variation between practices.

Resolved – (a)  That Giles Ratcliffe be thanked for his presentation, and (b) that the situation be noted

338  ADDED ITEM – There were no outstanding added items.