Health Scrutiny Panel – 17 May 2016

Chairman:  To be appointed
Venue:  The Pods, Centenary Way, Scunthorpe
Time:  3 p.m.


1.  Substitutions.

2.  Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).

3.  Public speaking requests (if any).

4.  Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

(i)          Discussion with senior representatives of the Trust
(ii)         Next stages (if any)

5.  Added item (if any).

6.  Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances which must be specified.


PRESENT:  Councillor Mumby-Croft in the Chair.

Councillors Carlile (Vice-Chair), Clark, Ellerby and Ogg.

The panel met at The Pods, Centenary Way, Scunthorpe.

349  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllr Ogg declared a personal interest as he had relatives working for Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust.  Cllr Clark declared a personal interest due to a previous appointment to the Trust’s Council of Governors.  No whip was declared.

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

351  NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE & GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – The Chairman welcomed Dr Whittingham, Trust Chairman, Karen Jackson, Chief Executive, Karen Dunderdale, Deputy Chief Executive, Wendy Booth, Director of Performance Assurance, and Kathryn Helley, Deputy Director of Performance Assurance to the meeting.  The Chairman explained that the panel had requested an urgent meeting with senior representatives from the Trust in response to the recent publication of several reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and a number of other concerns.  The Chairman led a wide-ranging discussion on a number of issues that had been raised by the CQC, including reports of inadequate staffing on some wards, the use of bank and agency staff, reports of harm to patients, equipment, and the recent staff survey.  The Chairman invited other panel members to contribute, and they also asked questions about relevant issues, including staff morale, the subsequent action plan to address concerns and improve quality, the capital programme, staff retention and morale, and the wider Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures programme.  Trust representatives, led by Karen Jackson, answered each of these questions fully, providing context for the situation and specifying actions underway to address and improve the situation.

Resolved – (a)  That Dr Whittingham, Karen Jackson, Karen Dunderdale, Wendy Booth, and Kathryn Helley be thanked for their attendance and for answering members’ questions, (b) that a number of plans, documents and strategies referred to during the discussion be collated by the Trust and provided to the panel, (c) that the panel continue to monitor progress, including on the agreed action plan, as part of a wide-ranging assurance role, holding Trust representatives to account, and (d) that the situation be noted.

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