Health Scrutiny Panel – 30 July 2013


PRESENT:  Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.

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

Councillor Wells attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

138  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.

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

140  (4)  REVIEW INTO THE QUALITY OF CARE AND TREATMENT PROVIDED BY 14 HOSPITALS TRUSTS IN ENGLAND (THE KEOGH REVIEW) – The Director of Policy and Resources gave a brief overview of the Keogh Review, particularly focussing on the findings of the review of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  It was noted that many of the Keogh findings echoed the recent work on mortality rates completed by the scrutiny panel.

Resolved – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that members maintain an overview of progress, including the completion of a formal report in 2014.

141  HEALTHY LIVES, HEALTHY FUTURES – The Chairman welcomed Allison Cooke, Chief Officer of North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, to the meeting.  Allison had been invited to give an overview of the ongoing Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures programme, focussing specifically on planned engagement activities.  Allison gave a presentation on the justification for change, possible solutions to future challenges, and their planned engagement activities.  Members asked a range of questions, including the implications for the wider geographical patch, the engagement activities and timescales involved.

Allison was asked to provide an update on unplanned care.  This update included the future role of Market Hill, future arrangements at Scunthorpe General Hospital and the Out-of-Hours GP service.

Resolved – (a) That the situation be noted, and that Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures form a key element of the panel’s work programme in 2013/14, and (b) that representatives from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust be invited to provide more detail on the planned model for unplanned care at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

142  INTEGRATED HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TEAMS – The Chairman welcomed Karen Pavey, Assistant Director Adult Services, to the meeting.  Karen had been invited to update members on progress in implementing the five integrated health and social care teams across North Lincolnshire.  Karen covered a range of issues, including GP access, membership of the teams, management and responsibilities, and an application to run a pilot to improve the integrated pathway for frail, elderly people.  Members asked questions on a number of issues, including 24/7 coverage, planned discharge, management arrangements, team membership and implementation dates.  It was confirmed that all five teams would be in place in August 2013.

Resolved – (a) That the position be noted, and (b) that the panel maintain an oversight of progress.

143  (3)  CONTINENCE SERVICES – The Director of Policy and Resources updated the panel on progress with its review into continence services.

Resolved – That the panel consider the draft report at the next scheduled meeting.

144  DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH – Members received a short, verbal update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.  This included an ongoing review of muscoskeletal medicine and the recent publication of the NHS ‘Friends and Family’ test.

Resolved – That the situation be noted and further information be presented to the panel at a future date.

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