Health Scrutiny Panel – 9 April 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.

Councillors Barker (Vice-Chair), Bainbridge, Eckhardt and Ogg.

Councillors Kataria, Wells and Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

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

No whip was declared.

109  (15, 16)  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – A request to speak had been received from Mr Julian Corlett, Branch Secretary, UNISON Scunthorpe Health Branch. The Chairman welcomed Mr Corlett, introduced the panel, and invited him to speak on the subject of a recent UNISON report entitled “Time to Care – A UNISON Report into Homecare” and UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter.

Mr Corlett highlighted the findings of the Time to Care report, which found that many homecare staff were committed but poorly paid with low levels of training.  A number of other concerns were raised around increasing demand, travelling times, and the quality of care.

A detailed discussion on homecare provision in North Lincolnshire took place between members of the scrutiny panel, Mr Corlett, and Cllr Waltham, the Cabinet Member for People, who was also in attendance at the meeting (minute 110 refers).

Resolved (a) That Mr Corlett be thanked for his attendance and input, (b) that the Cabinet Member for People consider theUNISON Time to Care report as part of ongoing work within the council to tackle loneliness and isolation, and to raise the standards of care provided by homecare organisations; (c) that a joint meeting of the People Scrutiny Panel and the Health Scrutiny Panel be arranged to enable further discussion with the Cabinet Member and relevant officers and to agree a future approach, and (d) that Mr Corlett be invited to attend this meeting.

110  CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The Chairman welcomed Councillor Waltham to the meeting, the council’s Cabinet Member for People and Chairman of the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board.  Councillor Waltham had been invited to the panel meeting to update members on any key decisions, important business or key developments, which had occurred during the last quarter.  Namely –

  • The transfer of public health to the council,
  • Maternity,
  • Progress with establishing the Health and Wellbeing Board
  • The ongoing Transformation programme within Adult Social Care.
  • School nursing.

Following the update, the Chairman invited members to question the Cabinet Member for People.

Resolved – (a) That the oral update be noted, and (b) that the Cabinet Member for People be thanked for his attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

111  (17)  PRESENTATION BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM ROTHERHAM, DONCASTER AND SOUTH HUMBER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – ANNUAL QUALITY ACCOUNT – The Chairman welcomed Karen Cvijetic, Head of Quality Improvement, and Sharon Schofield, Deputy Director of Nursing, to the meeting.  Karen and Sharon gave a presentation to the panel on their draft Quality Account, discussing performance, governance arrangements and the contents of the draft, before opening up the discussion for questions from members.  Members asked a number of questions, including on topics such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the Trust’s performance against its key indicators.

Resolved – (a) That Karen Cvijetic and Sharon Schofield be thanked for their presentation, and (b) that the Chairman and Vice-Chair meet to agree a short response, setting out the panel’s views and position.

112  CHILDREN’S CONGENITAL HEART SURGERY.  The Director of Policy and Resources updated the panel on the current situation regarding children’s congenital heart surgery.

Resolved – That the situation be noted.

113  EAST MIDLANDS AMBULANCE SERVICE – BEING THE BEST PROGRAMME.  The Director of Policy and Resources updated the panel on the current situation regarding the ambulance service’s ‘Being the Best’ programme.

Resolved – That the situation be noted.

114  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.