Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council:

Minutes for Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Health and Social Care) meeting, Aug 4 2009, 6.30PM official page

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Venue: Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Janet Borgerson 

Items No. Item

19.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors D. Hardy, Howe, T. Jones (Substitute Member for Councillor Platt) and C. Mainey (Substitute Member for Councillor Howe).

 

20.

Councillor V.S. Platt

Minutes:

The Chair reported that Councillor Platt, Conservative Spokesperson on the Committee, was currently unwell.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the best wishes of the Committee be forwarded to Councillor Platt.

21.

Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are requested to give notice of any personal or prejudicial interest and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the relevant Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were received:

 

Member

Item

Reason

Action

 

 

 

 

Councillor Hill

No. 23

Personal – his wife is employed by Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

 

Took part in consideration of the item and voted thereon

Councillor McGuire

No. 23

Personal – 57 Manchester Road is in her Ward

Took part in consideration of the item and voted thereon.

 

22.

Core Standards NHS Declarations

Minutes:

The Chair reported that he had recently attended a conference where the above issue was raised. It was possible that Overview and Scrutiny Committees may not be required to formally comment on Healthcare Declarations made by local NHS Trusts in the future and guidance on the position was currently being awaited.

23.

Minutes PDF 144 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 June 2009.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That, subject to the addition of the following new resolution (3) and the subsequent renumbering of the following resolutions, the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 June 2009 be confirmed as a correct record:-

 

“(3)      the Committee supports the preferred option 1, namely a newly designed and built hospital in Springfield Park;”.

 

 

24.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 14 (4) of 30 June 2009 – Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in relation to queries on the local levels of angioplastic treatment following a heart attack, information had now been circulated to Members of the Committee on the matter.

25.

NHS Sefton Update PDF 154 KB

Report of the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Executive, NHS Sefton, on current issues impacting on healthcare provision within Sefton. Information was provided on the following:-

 

A.                 Pandemic Swine Flu – Update

 

This issue is reported under Minute No. 27 below.

 

B.                NHS Sefton Staff Awards 2009

 

Individual and Team awards for NHS Sefton employees took place at the beginning of July 2009.

 

C.                New Dental Practice, Bootle

 

Following an oral health needs assessment of the effectiveness of all dental services within Sefton in 2007, Bootle had been identified as requiring additional services. The new service was currently being commissioned and was expected to be up and running by the end of 2010.

 

D.                Better Health Better Life Events

 

At the end of 2008 focus groups and other public events had been held to gauge views from the public regarding proposals for health services in Sefton for the forthcoming five years. A questionnaire on the matter had prompted thousands of responses. Two events were held during July 2009 to feed back the results of the consultation.

 

E.                 57 Manchester Road, Southport

 

The above PCT premises had been deemed surplus to requirements and proposals had been forwarded to offer other public bodies the opportunity to purchase the property. If a buyer could not be found from the public sector, the premises were likely to be placed on the open market. Any income raised as a result of the sale would be invested back into patient care and an improvement of services.

 

Members referred to a Steering Group which had been established to address the concerns of local residents regarding the use of the above premises. The Chief Executive, NHS Sefton, undertook to write to representatives of local residents, with a view to communicating the latest position with regard to the premises.

 

F.                 New Community Anti-Coagulation Therapy Service Provider

 

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust was awarded the contract to deliver the above service with effect from 1 July 2009, with the aim of delivering a single effective and equitable service across Sefton. Patients throughout the Borough were now able to access therapy in convenient community venues, rather than travelling to hospital.

 

G.                Children’s Walk-In Centre for Southport – Update

 

Further to Minute No. 15 (3) of 30 June 2009, the report set out details of two options for improving services for children and young people in north Sefton which continued to be explored, as follows:-

 

·        a stand-alone children’s walk-in centre in Southport; and

·        an “all ages” walk-in centre on the Southport Hospital site.

 

Members requested any developments to be communicated fully to the public and for public consultations to be held, if possible.

 

H.                Praise for Trinity Practice and ISIS Teams

 

Subsequent to the publication of the Healthier Horizens strategy a year previously, a review entitled “One Year on” was published at the end of June 2009. This regional review examined the progress made by the NHS in putting into practice actions for improving quality of care, personalising services, meeting the needs of individual patients and tackling the poor health that people in the north west live with. Trinty Practice, located at the Southport Centre for Wellbeing and ISIS, the new sexual health service had been singled out for praise in the review.

 

I.                    Consultation on Emergency Number 111

 

A consultation on a new national three digit telephone number was launched by Ofcom in early July 2009 and would run until 20 August 2009. It was not intended to replace 999, NHS Direct nor existing local telephone services. In the long term it could become the national telephone number to access non-emergency care services.

 

J.         Maghull Health Centre

Further to Minute No. 15 (4) of 30 June 2009, the Chief Executive, NHS Sefton, reported verbally on the latest position with regard to the development of the site for the above. He indicated that he was willing to meet with local Ward Councillors to discuss the matter.

 

K.        Transfer of Paediatric Clinics Between Southport and Ormskirk

 

Discussions took place on difficulties following the recent transfer of paediatric clinics to Ormskirk and cancer clinics to Southport. The Chief Executive, NHS Sefton, reported that attempts would be made to hold a dialogue with parents of patients.

 

L.         Admission of Children to Hospital in Critical Cases

 

Discussion took place on the recent case of a baby from Southport which died before it was admitted to hospital. The Chief Executive, NHS Sefton, reported on the agreed protocol in existence which stated that critical paediatric cases would be taken to the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital site, in the event that the site was the nearest available. The decision would be for the paramedics in attendance at the scene. The Chief Executive considered that there was a need to re-state the protocol to all concerned.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)       NHS Sefton be thanked for the report;

 

(2)       the report be noted; and

 

(3)       NHS Sefton’s actions against recommendations and proposals contained in the report, and reported verbally at the meeting, be monitored as appropriate.

26.

NHS Sefton - Palliative Care/End of Life Services PDF 77 KB

Report of NHS Sefton.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of NHS Sefton providing an overview of End of Life Care Services. By March 2008 all PCTs had undertaken a review of these services. This had identified certain gaps in the service provided and strategic objectives for 2009/12 had been identified. A work plan would be developed to take these forward and encourage further use of Preferred Priority of Care and Advanced Care Planning within the service. The report also outlined a number of other developments currently underway within the service.

 

The Chair considered that it might be beneficial to invite representatives from those local organisations which provided end of life and palliative services. The work of the McMillan Nurses was also mooted.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)       NHS Sefton be thanked for the report;

 

(2)       the report be noted and the developments taking place within the service be supported

 

(3)       representatives from those local organisations which provide end of life and palliative services be invited to attend a future meeting of this Committee, to provide an overview of their service provision.

27.

NHS Sefton - Response to A(HINI) Swine Influenza PDF 110 KB

Report of NHS Sefton.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of NHS Sefton on the on-going preparations and activities in response to the swine flu (A/H1N1) virus pandemic, including activities at the following levels:-

 

  • national;
  • regional;
  • NHS Strategic Commend (NHS Gold);
  • PCT Tactical Control (PCT Commissioning Silver); and
  • PCT Operational Response (PCT Provider Bronze).

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)       NHS Sefton be thanked for the report;

 

(2)       the report be noted and the activities be supported; and

 

(3)       NHS Sefton’s actions against recommendations and proposals contained in the report, be monitored as appropriate.

28.

North West Ambulance Service - Foundation Trust Application PDF 192 KB

Report of the North West Ambulance Service.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A presentation was provided on behalf of the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust on the application by the Trust for Foundation Trust status.

 

The presentation outlined the following:-

 

·        an explanation of a Foundation Trust;

·        the benefits of Foundation Trust status;

·        changes to the NWAS if Foundation Trust status was achieved;

·        Membership appointment and reporting lines;

·        consultation and engagement regarding the application;

·        future plans for the service;

·        proposals for membership of the Foundation Trust;

·        the timetable involved in the consultation process for the application for Foundation Trust status; and

·        progress with the application.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)       the Trust be thanked for its informative presentation;

 

(2)       the application by the North West Ambulance Service Trust for Foundation Trust status be noted;

 

(3)       the Committee would welcome being kept informed of developments with regard to the application; and

 

(4)       the Trust be requested to attend a future meeting of this Committee to provide an overview of the work of the Ambulance Service.

 

 

 

 

29.

Mersey Care NHS Trust - Application for Foundation Trust Equivalent Status PDF 6 MB

Report of Mersey Care NHS Trust. (Marjorie Colpitts)

Minutes:

Kim Crowe, Executive Director of Service, Development & Delivery, Mersey Care NHS Trust, gave a presentation on the application by the Trust for Foundation Trust Equivalent (FTe) status.

 

The presentation outlined the following:-

 

·        the services offered by the Trust;

·        the benefits of Foundation Trust and Foundation Trust equivalent status;

·        future strategic aims and developments of the service;

·        proposals for Membership of the Trust; and

·        the consultation process involved in the application for FTe status.

 

Members were requested to complete the questionnaire regarding the application and to apply for Membership of the Trust.

 

Members suggested the possibility of utilising GP’s surgeries and the voluntary sector for the consultation process and these suggestions were received favourably.

 

Copies of the consultation document would be provided to all Committee Members.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)       the Trust be thanked for its informative presentation;

 

(2)       the the application by the Trust for Foundation Trust Equivalent (FTe) status be noted;

 

(3)       rather than providing a collective response from the Committee, individual Members be requested to provide their personal responses.

30.

Work Programme Key Decision Forward Plan - 1st August to 30th November 2009 PDF 70 KB

Report of the Legal Director.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Legal Director attaching the latest Key Decision Forward Plan that contained all the Key Decisions which the Executive was anticipated to take during the above period. The Committee was advised of its right to pre-scrutinise any Key Decision which fell under its remit.

 

The report also outlined the site visits that were planned in the near future, as follows:-

 

Organisation

Date of Visit

 

 

Liverpool Women’s Hospital

To be arranged

 

 

Aintree University Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust

2 November 2009

 

 

Hesketh Centre, Southport

The visit planned for 5 August 2009, had now been cancelled and the visit would be re-arranged.

 

The Committee also discussed membership for the Working Group on dementia, which would be examined during 2009/10.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)               That the Forward Plan for the period 1 August to 30 November 2009 be noted; and

 

(2)               the site visits planned in the near future be supported; and

 

(3)               the following Members be nominated to sit on the Working Group established to examine issues on dementia:-

 

·        Councillor McGuire (Liberal Democrat;

·        Councillor Pearson (Conservative); and

·        a Labour Member.

 

 

 

 

 

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