Health Scrutiny Panel – 9 October 2017

PRESENT:-   Councillor Mumby-Croft in the Chair.

Councillors Armiger, Bainbridge, Ogg and Wilson.

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.

429     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 who work for Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust (minute 433 refers).

No whip was declared.

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

431     ADDED ITEM – SANDFIELD HOUSE.  The Chairman welcomed Cllr Waltham, Leader of the Council, Karen Pavey, Director: Adults and Community Wellbeing, and Peter Williams, Director: Operations, to the meeting.  The Chairman then opened the discussion by inviting Cllr Bainbridge to state the reasons for the added item request.  Cllr Bainbridge tabled a list of questions regarding the future operation of Sandfield House and related issues.  Cllr Waltham responded to the questions in turn, together with Karen and Peter as appropriate.  Cllr Waltham stated that the council and its partners were seeking to join up wellbeing services in order to provide joined-up, accessible, and non-stigmatising health and wellbeing services to all residents.  Members asked further questions about issues such as building and maintenance costs, the notice period, and community provision.

Resolved – (a) That Cllr Waltham, Peter Williams and Karen Pavey be thanked for their attendance and for providing an update, and (b) that the situation be noted.

432     NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (CCG)The Chairman welcomed Liane Langdon, Chief Officer, to the meeting. The Chairman explained that Liane had been invited to update the panel on the CCG’s position regarding the Directions that had been placed on the organisation by NHS England/NHS Improvement.

Liane gave an overview of the context, the CCG’s financial position, and their governance arrangements, before explaining the work to move out of Directions.  A detailed action plan was circulated, updating members on progress.  Members asked questions about issues such as the current and planned financial situation, benchmarking, capital investment, and timescales.

Resolved – (a) That Liane Langdon be thanked for her attendance and for providing an update, and (b) that the situation be noted.

433     NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE & GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE – The Chairman introduced Richard Sunley, Deputy Chief Executive, Tara Filby, Chief Nurse, and Jackie France, ACOO Patient Access,  to the meeting.  Richard, Tara and Jackie had been invited to update the panel on progress arising from their recent Care Quality Commission review and to address members’ concerns around continued issues with quality and performance at the Trust.

Tara gave a detailed presentation on the Trust’s ‘Improving Together’ programme, also covering maternity, Accident & Emergency, drug fridges, performance, ophthalmology and the Electronic Referral System (ERS).  The presentation covered actions taken to date and planned activity to further address any concerns.

Members asked questions on issues such as winter planning, staff training, performance statistics, future viability of services, and steps to prevent patient deterioration.

Resolved – (a) That Richard Sunley, Tara Filby and Jackie France be thanked for their attendance and for providing an update, (b) that a further update on progress be provided in six months.