Health Scrutiny Panel – 2 October 2013


PRESENT:  Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.
Councillors Barker (Vice-Chair), Bainbridge, Glover and Ogg.Councillors Briggs, Redfern, Kataria and Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

155  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllrs Barker, Bromby and Ogg declared a personal interest on item 158 as relatives were employed by Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

No whip was declared.

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

157  DISCUSSION WITH SENIOR MANAGEMENT, NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE & GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – The Chairman welcomed Karen Jackson, Chief Executive, Karen Dunderdale, Chief Nurse, Denise Smith, General Manager – Medicine, and Sarah Mainprize, Head of Communications and Marketing, to the meeting.  Following introductions, the Chairman invited Karen Jackson to update members on a range of topics previously agreed with the panel.  These were:

  • The Keogh Review and actions taken to improve the local Summary Hospital-led Mortality Index (SHMI) score.
  • Conditions related to the Trust being placed into special measures, and progress on addressing these.
  • The Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures programme.
  • Stroke Care.
  • The new model of unplanned care, particularly at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Karen and her colleagues covered each of these topics in detail, responding to members’ questions throughout.  The Chairman then invited the panel to raise any other issues with the Trust representatives. Members asked a wide-ranging list of questions related to subjects such as the Friends and Family Test, identifying and acting appropriately with deteriorating patients, food and hydration, theatre lists, and recent changes to the Trust’s car parking policy.

Following this discussion, the panel requested a future visit to Scunthorpe General Hospital to speak to patients and staff in two clinical areas.  This was agreed.  Karen Jackson also agreed to set up a discussion between the Chairman and the Trust’s Director of Facilities around car parking.

Resolved – (a) That Karen Jackson, Karen Dunderdale, Denise Smith and Sarah Mainprize be thanked for their attendance at the meeting; (b) that arrangements be made for the panel to visit Ward 25 and the unplanned care facilities at Scunthorpe General Hospital; (c) that arrangements be made for the Chairman to hold a conversation with the Trust’s Director of Facilities regarding car parking, and (d) that the situation be noted.

158  (9)  ENSURING EFFECTIVE CONTINENCE CARE – The Chairman introduced the final draft report and invited the Director Policy and Resources to provide feedback received from partners.  Members discussed this feedback and made a number of alterations to the draft.

Resolved – (a) That the amendments as discussed be incorporated into the draft report; (b) that the finalised report be agreed by the Chairman and Vice-Chair on behalf of the panel, and (c) that the report be passed to Cabinet for further discussion and action.

159  FUTURE DATES AND TIMES OF MEETINGS – The Director of Policy and Resources informed members that a meeting of the panel had been scheduled to be held on 23 December 2013.  The Chairman invited views as to whether the meeting should go ahead as planned or be cancelled or re-scheduled.

Resolved – (a) That the scheduled meeting of the panel on 23 December 2013 be cancelled, and (b) that the panel retain the flexibility to call additional meetings or establish working groups as work demands dictate.

160   DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH – Members received a short, verbal update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.  This included the recent publication of the 2013 Health Profiles, which would be included as an item on the panel’s next agenda.

Resolved – That the situation be noted

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