People Scrutiny Panel – 10 April 2012

PRESENT:  Councillor Barker in the chair.

Councillors Davison, Evison, Jawaid MBE, Marper, Robinson and Wells.Statutory Co-opted Members: Mrs A Dunkerley (Parent Governor Representative) and Mr W Egan and Mrs W Witter (Church Representatives).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

72  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.

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

74  QUALITY ACCOUNTS – ROTHERHAM, DONCASTER AND SOUTH HUMBER MENTAL HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The Chair welcomed Sally Wheatley and Karen Cvijetic to the meeting.  Sally and Karen had been invited to the panel meeting to update members on their performance in 2011/12 against a series of quality markers.  Sally gave a presentation on their performance, the process that they were following and their future priorities, before answering members’ questions on a range of issues, including training, care planning, and staff dealing with people with personality disorders.

It was explained that the Quality Account document would be circulated in due course, and members would have an opportunity to incorporate their comments if they wished.

Resolved – (a) That the current situation be noted and the finalised report be circulated to all members of the People Scrutiny Panel; (b) that Sally Wheatley and Karen Cvijetic be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions, and (c) that a special joint meeting with the Places Scrutiny Panel be called to discuss the local situation regarding substance misuse, before consideration of comments to be submitted.

75  SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES – The Chair welcomed Tim Fowler, Associate Director of Contracting NHS North Lincolnshire to the meeting.  Tim gave a brief presentation on current provision of sexual health services across North Lincolnshire, before explaining the need for the service to be redesigned and re-tendered.  Members asked a range of questions, including how the new service might fit into the locality model, the drivers for change, and future accountability.

Resolved – (a) That Tim Fowler be thanked for his attendance; (b) that the situation be noted, and (c) that the panel continue to receive updates when the preferred provider is clearer about their proposed plans and model of care.

76  PLANS AND EXPECTATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE – The Chairman updated the panel on the work already undertaken by the panel, and a summary was given of possible emerging themes.

Resolved – That the topic be considered further at the next panel meeting, or if required, at an earlier date.

77  WHEELCHAIR SERVICE – A brief update was given to the panel on local provision of wheelchairs.

78  SCRUTINY DEVELOPMENT AREA BID – Members were informed that their bid to the Centre for Public Scrutiny had been successful, and that an expert advisor had been allocated to work with the panel to ensure that transparency and accountability were built into the new local health systems.

Resolved – That the panel meet as appropriate to plan, undertake and complete this piece of work.

79  DEVELOPMENTS IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE – Members received a short, verbal update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.

80  DIRECTORS – The Chairman explained that a new Director of People would be appointed by the council with effect from 1 May 2012.

Resolved – That the panel write to the Service Director Children and Young People’s Services and the Service Director, Adult Services with appropriate messages of thanks and support.