Agenda and draft minutes

Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 13th June, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL. View directions

Contact: Jenny Shade, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Email: Direct.Democracy@thurrock.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 7 March 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on the 7 March 2019 were approved as a correct record.

2.

Urgent Items

To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

No urgent items were raised.

3.

Declarations of Interests

Minutes:

No interests were declared.

4.

HealthWatch

Minutes:

Kim James stated concerns with the proposed reduction in the control total for the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership to assist the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Kim James would comment more on this matter in Minute Item 5.

5.

Mid & South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (Verbal Update)

Minutes:

Roger Harris, Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Health, briefed Members on the current position of the referral made to the Secretary of State on the 15 January 2019. This referral was made alongside a referral made by Southend on Sea Council on Stroke Services and the Consultation Process. That a letter had now been received from the Department of Health and Social Care to inform Members that an initial review would be undertaken by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. Roger Harris stated his disappointment as it had taken six months to get to this stage and reassured Members that planning of the Integrated Medical Centres would continue but there would delays as no formal agreements, tenders or planning permissions could be adhered to.

 

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer, Clinical Commissioning Group, explained to Members that the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was not an organisation in its own right but a collection of partners with the long term plan setting out that Sustainability and Transformation Partnership were expected to move into Integrated Care Systems by 2021. That experienced had shown that one Integrated Care System would be equivalent to one Clinical Commissioning Group. With the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership having an objective to move to one Accountable Officer and one Management Team across the five Clinical Commissioning Groups.

 

A new chair for the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was currently being recruited following the existing chair, Anita Donley, stepping down in September 2019. Candidates would be met in July when the interview process would begin with the new chair starting in September 2019.

 

Mandy Ansell explained how Thurrock’s Clinical Commissioning Group managed their control totals and budgets and was pleased to announce that they were successfully breaking even. Although a financial challenge had arisen with the proposed reduction in the control total for the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership to assist the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. This would result in a reduction of £480K to the Thurrock’s Clinical Commissioning Group’s budget for 2019/20 and explained how this would impact on and delay projects that had already been agreed for the local authority.

 

It had already been agreed that a joint letter would be sent to the Regional Director of NHS England from Roger Harris and Kim James expressing concerns.

 

Kim James stated her frustrations that those in need of those services in particular mental health services would not now be met and that this was an absolute disgrace. A lot of hard work had been undertaken to secure these services and this decision would now have severe impact to the residents of Thurrock.

 

Members agreed that the £480K was for the residents of Thurrock and not for the residents of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

 

The Chair proposed and Members agreed that:

 

·         Invite NHS England to a Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee to speak about the decision made and how they expect Thurrock to deliver their services.

·         A joint  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Targeted Lung Health Checks Programme - Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair noted her disappointment in the lack of detail in the following two items and apologised to new Members on the unusual standard of reports being presented this evening. With the Target Lung Health Check Programme and the Primary Care Networks being two of the most important areas to Thurrock the reports should have been more specific based and relevant to Thurrock. The Chair requested that both reports be brought back to the 5 September 2019 committee. Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer for Clinical Commissioning Group, apologised to Members and agreed to present the reports at the 5 September 2019 committee.

 

Mandy Ansell presented the report by stating that NHS England had confirmed it was to invest in 14 targeted lung health checks across England with Thurrock being twinned with the Luton Clinical Commissioning Group. The checks were being undertaken due to high lung cancer mortality, the high incident of smoking and high incidence of lung cancer rates. Those people in selected areas who were aged between 55 and 74 and 364 days who had a smoking history would be invited to attend a lung health check by their general practitioner. Where results would be calculated and those patients identified at being high risk would be invited to have a low dose Computerised Tomography Scan. Comparisons display that Thurrock had poor outcomes due to a high level of smokers, obesity and air population. Mandy Ansell identified that engagement had already taken place with stakeholder events and workshops in Thurrock alongside the enthusiastic engagement with Healthwatch and Luton. That the early testing of those risk groups started in Manchester followed very quickly by the Yorkshire lung trial. The programme staff had been identified with Patient Lead for Thurrock being Barbara Rice from Healthwatch and the strong medical leadership, patient safety and deliverables being governed alongside the Risk Register.

 

Mandy Ansell concluded some of the next steps being the procurement of lorries, where a one stop check would be carried out including the low dose Computerised Tomography Scans and deciding on the best locations. It was agreed by Members that this report be brought back for regular updates on the progression.

 

The Chair thanked Mandy Ansell for the update.

 

Councillor Muldowney questioned why over 75’s were not being screened. Mandy Ansell stated the age bracket had been based on the research on trials undertaken in Manchester and Leeds. Although the study should raise the profile of lung cancer, increase awareness and encourage patients to present earlier to general practitioners. Ian Wake, Director of Public Health, stated that consideration had to be taken into account on the benefit verses harm. That in these types of trials it had been calculated that over 75s could potentially die before lung cancer developed.

 

Councillor Redsell questioned why screening was not being undertaken for under 55s and to ensure the right location be made for the positioning of the treatment lorries. Mandy Ansell stated that the lorries would be placed on public sites, probably starting in Tilbury  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Primary Care Networks pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Rahul Chaudhari, Director of Primary Care, presented the PowerPoint presentation and focused on:

 

The 10 Year Plan – greatest focus on improving primary care networks, whole of England would be covered by Integrated Care Systems by 2021, significant levels of investment, a big push to get people healthy, look at clinical priorities, workforce and the role of digital. That all registered patients would be covered by a Primary Care Network by June 2019 with general practitioners taking the lead, for those non-participating practices a Primary Care Network would be identified to provide network services to patients, the Directed Enhanced Service would apply from 1 July 2019. The networks key outcomes would improve sustainability for general practitioners, provide a wider range of services, stronger collaboration with the wider health and care system and support management of financial and estate pressures. The requirements in 2019/20 would be available to 100% of patients and from April 2020 expected to deliver against the five national service specifications with two further service specifications applying from April 2021. The Additional Roles, the participation in Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service and timescales were briefly explained. The PowerPoint presentation was available as part of the Agenda.

 

Councillor Holloway, Councillor Muldowney and Ian Evans, Thurrock Coalition, agreed as the report detail was insufficient and not Thurrock specific a further report was required to answer their concerns and questions. The Chair agreed that reports should be presented to Committee complete rather than piecemeal and requested that a report was presented again at the 5 September 2019 committee. Rahul Chaudhari advised that the timing of the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee coincided with the time line where Thurrock Primary Care Networks were being formally ratified and assessed and so it had not been possible to give any more details and put a Thurrock context to it at this time. A detailed report could be made available in time for the September committee.

 

Ian Wake, Director of Public Health, stated that this was a good news story for Thurrock. With unacceptable levels of care in Thurrock between general practitioners this would bring practices together in networks where best practices could be shared amongst them and incentives given to those practices not performing so well. The Primary Care Networks would fit well with the transformation plans already in place and with Thurrock way ahead of the curve in areas such as primary care in transformation work, mixed skills clinical workforce. Ian Wake stated that a lot of the proposals in the report were already being undertaken by Thurrock and would be good practice to roll out to other areas.

 

Roger Harris, Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Health, stated that a report on Adult Social Care would be presented at the 5 September 2019 committee and suggested that both reports be brought back together.

 

Councillor Redsell stated the report to be presented in September should be able to answer those questions that members receive with regards to complaints on general practitioners.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Minutes:

The Chair asked Members if there were any items to be added or discussed for the work programme for the 2019-20 municipal year.

 

Members agreed to add a new item Locality Working to include the Primary Care Networks and Adult Social Care to the 5 September 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed to add a new item Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Update to the 5 September 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed to add a new item Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Governance Paper to the 5 September 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed that the item Update on New Mental Health Crisis Pathway would be a verbal update on the 5 September 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed to move the item Update on Cancer Waiting Times from the 5 September 2019 to the 7 November 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed to remove the item Pathway Review from the 5 September 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed to remove the item NHS Long Term Plan from the 7 November 2019 committee.

 

Members agreed to add the item Budgets to the 16 January 2020 committee.