Health Scrutiny Panel – 17 February 2015

PRESENT:-   Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.

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

Co-opted member – Mandy Johnson

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

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

295  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.

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

297  EYE HEALTH The Chairman welcomed Stephen Ball, Service Manager People Directorate, and Dave Wyndham and Geoff Waytes of the Local Optical Committee to the meeting.  The Chairman explained that Stephen had been invited to the meeting to discuss the council’s role in supporting those with sight issues, and that Dave and Geoff had been invited to discuss the views of local opticians and other professionals.

Stephen gave a short presentation on the council’s role in supporting those with long-term conditions or physical disabilities, including those with a sensory impairment.  This included how assessments are delivered, the number of people in receipt of ongoing support, and options to help people live as independently as possible.  Stephen answered a number of questions, including the size and specialism of the team, specialist assessments, equipment and links to other teams and services.

Dave and Geoff then gave a short introductory overview of the role of ‘High Street’ opticians, the services they provided and the range of issues that can be dealt with in such settings.

Resolved – (a) That Stephen Ball, Dave Wyndham and Geoff Waytes be thanked for their attendance, (b) that the situation be noted.

298  PERSONAL MEDICAL SERVICES (PMS) REVIEW FOR NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Chairman welcomed Rachel Singyard, Primary Care Commissioning Manager, NHS England’s Area Team, to the meeting.  Rachel explained that NHS England were reviewing all GP practices that operated under the Personal Medical Services (PMS) contract arrangements.  Rachel compared PMS contracts with the more widely-used General Medical Services (GMS) arrangement, explaining that the review would enable innovation whilst freeing up resources for reinvestment by North Lincolnshire CCG.  Rachel answered members’ questions on relevant issues.

Resolved – (a) That Rachel Singyard be thanked for her attendance, and (b) that the situation be noted.

299  DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH – Members received a short, oral update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.

Resolved – That the situation be noted

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