Health and Wellbeing Board – 16 June 2015

Chairman:  Councillor Rob Waltham
Venue:  International Room, Civic Centre
Time:  2 pm


1.  Welcome and Introductions.

2.  Substitutions.

3.  Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Personal or Personal and Prejudicial interests.

4.  To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 12 March 2015.

5.  Questions from members of the public.


6.  Health and Wellbeing Peer Challenge – Report by the Director of Public Health.

7.  Update on JHWS Priority Action 3 – People in North Lincolnshire have the opportunity to lead a meaningful life.

8.  Presentation on work undertaken by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to improve local people’s health and wellbeing.

9.  Healthwatch North Lincolnshire – update on progress.

10.  Verbal update on any significant developments within the Board’s structures (if any).

11.  Date and time of next meeting:  15 September 2015, 2pm.

12.  Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances which must be specified.


PRESENT:-  Councillor Waltham in the chair.

Chris Blacksell, Caroline Briggs, Eileen Clark, Allison Cooke, Frances Cunning, Simon Driver, Karen Dunderdale (representing Karen Jackson), Cathy Griffith (representing Anne Tyrell), Nick Hamilton-Rudd, Superintendent Dave Houchin (representing Chief Superintendent Scott Young), Denise Hyde, Kian Borg Jackson, Becky McIntyre, Julia Pollock, Rachel Singyard (representing Geoff Day), Kristy Temperton, Alan Usher, Mike Wedgewood, Dr Deborah Wildgoose (representing Kathryn Singh), and Peter Williams

Councillors Clark, Kataria, Longcake, Mumby-Croft, Reed, Wells, and Wilson attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37(b).

Dean Gillon, Julie Poole, Sandra Simmons, Pete Thorpe, and Tracey Wartnaby were in attendance.

The meeting was held at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

132     WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS – The Chairman welcomed all those present to the tenth meeting of the board and invited all members and officers to introduce themselves.


134     MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the meeting of the board held on 12 March 2015 be approved as a correct record.

135     QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC – There were no questions from members of the public.

136     (1) HEALTH AND WELLBEING PEER CHALLENGE – The Director of Public Health presented a report and letter from the Local Government Association (LGA) arising from the March 2015 Peer Challenge.  The letter summarised the LGA’s findings based on the five focused questions that were posed.  These were:

  • Is there a clear and appropriate approach to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents?
  • Is the Health and Wellbeing Board at the heart of an effective governance system?  Does leadership work well across the local system?
  • How effective are the key relationships?  Is good use being made of the available energies, commitment and skills across the local health and wellbeing system?
  • Are there effective arrangements for evaluating impacts of the local health and wellbeing strategy?
  • Are there effective arrangements for underpinning accountability of the public?

A view was also sought around the system leadership role, and future challenges for the Health and Wellbeing Board.

A general discussion took place, emphasising the need to ‘step back’ and re-evaluate the Board’s purpose, role and business, before considering the form that this may take.  It was agreed that there needed to be a wide-ranging discussion about how the Board might evolve, culminating in the drafting of an action plan.  However, it was considered useful for a small group of officers to meet to discuss various approaches, in order to present more structured options to a wider Board development session.  The Chairman invited any interested parties to nominate themselves to take part in this discussion.

Resolved – (a) That a small working group of officers meet to discuss options for the evolution of the Board, based on the feedback and recommendations from the LGA, and (b) that these be presented to a future development session, with the aim of agreeing an action plan and ‘direction of travel’ for the Board.

137     (2)      UPDATE ON JHWS PRIORITY ACTION 3 – PEOPLE IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD A MEANINGFUL LIFE – The Assistant Director of Education gave a presentation on progress with priority three in the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, with a particular focus on local efforts to improve literacy. The presentation highlighted that poor literacy led to a lack of skilled workers, which in turn contributed to poverty and inequalities.  The Assistant Director described the targeted work with communities in Westcliff and the Isle of Axholme, linking efforts to urban regeneration projects, intergenerational work, and existing literacy programmes.

Resolved – (a) That the Health and Wellbeing Board note the Assistant Director of Education’s presentation and the ongoing work on improving literacy, as a key action within Priority Action 3, (b) that all Board members be invited to the promoting literacy event due to be held on 26 June 2015, (c) that any Board member with an interest in the promotion of literacy contact the Assistant Director to discuss further, and (d) that a report be submitted to a future Board meeting highlighting the benefits of preventative and early-intervention approaches to helping people stay healthy, independent and fulfilled.

138     (3)  HUMBERSIDE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE AS A HEALTH ASSET – The Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Humberside Fire & Rescue Sevice, gave a presentation on measures that the Service had taken to reduce incidents, which subsequently allowed them to work more closely with local communities to promote their health and wellbeing.  Activities included supporting those with dementia or autism to be more safe, siting defibrillators and training volunteers in their use, youth engagement, and responding to ‘blue light’ calls.  A number of other potential schemes were described, including the installation of disability and safety adaptations, befriending and mentoring, and proactive welfare checks on vulnerable people.

Resolved – (a)That the Health and Wellbeing Board note the Deputy Chief Fire Officer’s presentation and the ongoing work to prevent incidents and improve the health and wellbeing of the local community, and (b) that contact be made to discuss joint-working opportunities to further this approach.

139    (4)  HEALTHWATCH NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE UPDATE – An oral presentation on recent progress was given by the Chair of Healthwatch North Lincolnshire.  This included Healthwatch’s activities in Enter and View visits, undertaking research, and preparing and circulating a comprehensive Health and Social Care Directory.

Resolved – (a) That the progress and the findings of Healthwatch North Lincolnshire’s engagement reports be noted, and (b) that feedback on the structure and contents of the report be passed back to Healthwatch North Lincolnshire.

140     ANY OTHER BUSINESS – The Manager, Scunthorpe & District Citizens Advice Bureau, informed the Board that the British Gas Energy Trust was inviting bids for funding to address health problems that are exacerbated by fuel poverty.

Resolved – That the Health and Wellbeing Board co-ordinate and support the production and submission of a bid for funding.

141    DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING –  It was noted that the date and time of the next meeting of the Board would be 2pm on 15 September 2015.  A development session would be arranged prior to this meeting, with all Board members informed of the time, date and venue in due course.

Resolved – That the situation be noted.