Healthier Communities and Older People Scrutiny Panel – 8 March 2011

PRESENT:  Councillor Barker in the chair.

Councillors Ali, Collinson, Eckhardt, Sidell, Simpson and Wells.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

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

No whip was declared.

328  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

329  DISCUSSIONS WITH FRANCES CUNNING, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH.  The Chair welcomed Frances Cunning, Director of Public Health, to the meeting. Frances made two presentations to the panel, taking questions throughout. These focussed on the Director of Public Health’s Annual Report and the government’s Public Health White Paper “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England”. Members asked questions on a number of relevant issues, including the preventative agenda, commissioning pathways, duplication of services, and future arrangements for planning and delivering healthcare across North Lincolnshire.

Resolved – (a) That Frances Cunning be thanked for her attendance and input, and (b) that the situation be noted.

330  SUMMARY OF THE CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSED MODERNISATION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE.  The chair welcomed Lynne Hall, Head of Commissioning – Vulnerable People, to the meeting. Lynne described the feedback from the recent consultation on adult and older people’s mental health services, explaining how these views informed the Full Business Case.  Members questioned Lynne on a range of issues, including how the views of the scrutiny panel had been received and taken forward, the views of other respondents, including GPs, timescales for developments and Out of Hours coverage.  Lynne confirmed that the provider would consult with services users and stakeholders on any future service changes.

Resolved – (a) That Lynne Hall be thanked for her attendance and input, (b) that a further meeting be held with the service commissioners and providers, plus other relevant bodies as agreed by the panel, and (c) that information on the make-up of respondents to the above consultation be provided by Lynne Hall to the panel.

331  THE STRATEGIC RESPONSE TO HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE.  The chairinitiated a discussion on the draft report, inviting comments from members. The Service Director Legal and Democratic explained various comments from stakeholders that had been received, and the Chair led a discussion on the contents of the report.

Resolved – (a) That the comments of members be incorporated into the draft report and shared with, and agreed by, the panel’s hcair and vice-chairman, and (b) that, following the agreement of the draft, the report be adopted by the panel and passed to Council for its consideration.

332  DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE – UPDATE FOR MEMBERS – The Service Director Legal and Democratic outlined a number of key developments in the health and social care field, locally, regionally and nationally. This included a future meeting to discuss children’s congenital cardiac surgery.

Resolved – (a) That the situation be noted, and regular updates to the panel be continued, and (b) that the panel take appropriate action where required.

333  (21)  LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN –SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for March to June 2011.

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 and the Service Director Legal and Democratic confirmed that a representative would be attending a future meeting to discuss the Private Sector Home Improvement Policy.

Resolved – That the position be noted.