Healthier Communities and Older People Scrutiny Panel 23 March 2010

PRESENT:- Councillor Barker in the chair.

Councillors Wells (Vice-Chairman), Mrs Bromby, Collinson, Glover, Simpson and Wilson.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.


Subject and Nature of Interest
Councillor Wilson 252 Member of WHIP Board

No whip was declared.

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

252 (25) QUARTER 3 WHIP PERFORMANCE DATA – Discussions with Frances Cunning, Director of Public Health and Chair of the WHIP – The Chair welcomed Frances Cunning and Julie Toplass, Senior Performance Manager to the meeting and invited them to address the panel.

Frances provided Members with an oral update on the priority indicators as chosen by the Wellbeing and Health Improvement Partnership, focussing particularly on under performing indicators and also highlighting areas of improvement that would be more evident once the quarter 4 figures were made available. Members asked questions about MFI 3, which identified smoking rates within North Lincolnshire, and how the good work in meeting the national target for smoking cessation was not reflected within the results for this performance indicator.

Further discussions ensued around areas that had seen recent improvements such as the teenage pregnancy results for 2008 that had only just been received, which confirmed a 20.3 per cent reduction from the 2007 figures. Also improvements had been made in reducing the number of children classified as being obese, which was news that the panel welcomed.

Frances confirmed current figures made available to NHS North Lincolnshire indicated that an increase in teenage pregnancy would be expected for 2009.

Resolved – (a) That Frances and Julie be thanked for the quarterly update, and (b) that further discussions take place to resolve issues around data quality, the provision of information, and to decide the best approach to performance monitoring by the panel in the future.

253 (26) THE DRAFT REVISED JOINT STRATEGIC NEEDS ASSESSMENT – The Chair welcomed the opportunity to review the latest JSNA document which provided the most up to date information on the demographic make up of North Lincolnshire and also more in depth information on their needs.

Frances Cunning provided members of the panel with an oral account of the report, which highlighted improvements that had been seen in the county and also future challenges that North Lincolnshire was faced with, mainly attributed to the economic recession.

Frances went on to explain about the expected growth in population over the next five years, what factors contributed to this, the widening inequalities in health and what would be the main priorities to address.

Members engaged in discussions, covering highlighted topics that included teenage pregnancies, mental health issues and service provision, the recovery rates from cancer and the locality profiles that had been prepared for North Lincolnshire and were coterminous with the electoral wards. Much of the information contained within the locality profiles illustrated the distribution of health and social care needs across the five localities.

Resolved – (a) That a written acknowledgement be sent on behalf of the panel, to Frances Cunning and Louise Garnett, in acknowledgement of the excellent work undertaken to produce the JSNA report, (b) that Frances Cunning be thanked for her attendance at this meeting and for the informative discussions, and (c) that the position be noted.

254 FORTHCOMING SITE VISIT – GREAT OAKS AND CARER WARD (SCUNTHORPE GENERAL HOSPITAL) – 8 APRIL 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic confirmed details to members, and requested that all meet at Pittwood House to reduce the number of vehicles being taken to the two sites.

Following discussion, the Chair extended the invitation to Councillors Wilson and Mrs Bromby, who had expressed an interest in visiting both units as this would tie in with work undertaken by the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

255 (27) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – MARCH TO JUNE 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for March to June 2010.

The plan contained details of all matters and issues likely to be the subject of key decisions for a period of the next four months, updated on a monthly basis. Members discussed various items on the Forward Plan.

It was acknowledged that a great deal of good work had been undertaken by Adult Social Services, and it was suggested that a letter be sent to Mike Briggs, Service Director Adult Social Services and Councillor Pauline Carlile, Cabinet Member Adult Services complementing them on their success.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

256 ADDED ITEM – Revisit of Community Aids and Adaptations – The Service Director confirmed that a working group had been arranged with Officers, partners from NHS North Lincolnshire and representatives from ‘Who Cares’. Councillors Barker, Collinson and Wells had been invited to attend and would oversee this scrutiny revisit and report back to the full panel at a future scheduled meeting.

Resolved – That the position be noted.