Agenda and minutes

Health Scrutiny Panel - Thursday, 22nd October, 2020 1.00 pm

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[To receive any apologies for absence]. 


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Bhupinder Gakhal and Cllr Susan Roberts MBE. 


David Watts, Director of Adult Services, sent his apologies due to him being on annual leave.  Vanessa Whatley, Deputy Chief Nurse at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust sent her apologies to the Panel. 


Declarations of Interest

[To receive any declarations of interest]. 


There were no declarations of interest. 


City of Wolverhampton Council - Winter Plan (Draft) pdf icon PDF 302 KB

[To discuss, City of Wolverhampton Council’s – Winter Plan (Draft)]. 

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The Chair commented that a Special Meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel had been called to scrutinise and provide feedback on City of Wolverhampton’s draft Winter Plan.  The final version of the plan needed to be submitted by the end of the month.


The Portfolio Holder for Adult Services introduced the City of Wolverhampton draft Winter Plan.  She stated that Adult Services had worked with Public Health to develop a Wolverhampton response to the Government’s Winter Plan.  The 2020-2021 Winter Plan set out 15 key actions for Local Authorities and NHS organisations and a further 10 expectations set out for providers.   The Panel were asked to consider if any further detail was required to provide assurance that Wolverhampton was preparing for winter challenges in line with Government expectations. 


The Head of Adult Improvement for City of Wolverhampton Council gave a presentation to the Panel on the draft City of Wolverhampton Winter Plan.  She commented that it was key to consult the Health Scrutiny Panel, the Health and Wellbeing Board and key partners before a final plan was submitted.  She stated that there was always a winter plan, it was not a new requirement for 2020/2021.  The three main aims of the 2020/2021 plan were to ensure that everyone who needed care or support could receive high quality, timely and safe care throughout the autumn and winter period.  The second key aim was to protect people who needed care, support or safeguards, the social care workforce and carers from infections including the Covid-19 virus.  The third aim was to make sure people who needed care, support or safeguards remained connected to essential services and their loved ones, whilst protecting individuals from infections including Covid-19. 


The Head of Adult Improvement commented that it would be an especially challenging period in the winter months, due to the additional pressures of Covid-19.  The Council had engaged directly with the providers on the 10 expectations set out by the Government in their plan.  There were 27 chapters in the Winter Plan and the Council had covered all points raised in the plan and not just the 15 key actions.  The Council had to confirm to Government that there was a Winter Plan in place by 31 October 2020. 


The Head of Adult Improvement thanked Wolverhampton CCG and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust for their assistance in drawing up the plan.  They had also received some valuable input from Primary Care Networks regarding how GPs would be supporting Care Homes.  She was very pleased with the responses the Council had received from providers in the City during a very busy time; their input had been incorporated into the plan.  She was grateful to Public Health who had helped to coordinate the details of the plan alongside the Commissioning team.  The Integrated Care Partnership Board had received a draft version of Winter Plan in the preceding week and had given feedback.  They had also used the Provider Support Group with a range of representatives to provide input  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Future Meeting Dates

The future confirmed meeting dates of the Health Scrutiny Panel are as follows:-


19 November 2020 at 1:30pm


14 January 2021 at 1:30pm


24 March 2021 at 1:30pm


The future meeting dates of the Health Scrutiny Panel were confirmed as follows:-


19 November 2020 at 1:30pm


14 January 2021 at 1:30pm


24 March 2021 at 1:30pm



The meeting closed at 1:43pm.