Agenda and minutes

Health Scrutiny Panel - Thursday, 24th May, 2018 1.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 3 - Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH

Contact: Earl Piggott-Smith  Tel: 01902 551251 or Email:

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Apologies for absence were received from the following:


Cllr Caroline Siarkiewicz

Dana Tooby


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest recorded


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 95 KB

[To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.]



The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a correct record and was signed by the Chair.


Matters Arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes.]



Agenda Item 5:  Winter Planning Report 2017/18 – Update Report


Scrutiny Officer advised the panel that Dr Odum’s briefing paper on the evaluation and effectiveness of winter preparedness plans will be presented to the panel on 19 July 2018.


Agenda Item 7: Update on the work of the suicide prevention stakeholder forum.


Scrutiny Officer advised the panel that information requested was sent in April – further copies available on request.


Health Scrutiny Panel Work Programme pdf icon PDF 82 KB

[Earl Piggott-Smith, Scrutiny Officer, to present the draft scrutiny panel’s work programme.]


Earl Piggott-Smith, Scrutiny Officer, presented the work programme report and invited comments on the plan. The panel were advised to submit any ideas for future agenda items and they will be considered by the Chair and Vice Chair.


The panel were advised that a visit to West Midlands Ambulance Service had been suggested. The panel were asked to advise the scrutiny officer if they are interested in attending.


Tracey Cresswell advised the panel that the Healthwatch Annual report will be ready for the panel meeting on 19 July 2018. The panel agreed to revise the draft work programme.



            The panel work programme to be updated.


The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Quality Account 2017/18 report pdf icon PDF 64 KB

[Jeremy Vanes, Chair, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, to present report]


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Jeremy Vanes, Chair – The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWHT), presented a draft of the Quality Accounts 2017/18 report. The Chair outlined the background to the purpose of the document and commented on progress made against priorities set at the start of the year and the plans for 2018/19.


The Chair advised the panel that a formal report will be published on NHS website and a paper version of the draft would be available. The Chair added there have been further changes made to the draft since the report was sent to the panel. The Chair advised the panel that the draft report is externally audited to check the accuracy of the content before it is published. The Chair added that the deadline is 7 June 2018 for health scrutiny to comment on the document.


The Chair commented that the hospital is awaiting the results of a recent Care Quality Commission inspection report on the use of hospital resources and overall efficiency which will give a different view of its overall performance.


The Chair highlighted key sections of the document to help panel members understand the progress made by the hospital in meeting key priorities and performance against national measures.


The Chair invited panel members to comment on the draft report. A summary of the comments is given below:


·         The vision and values section have no details – Chair advised that this section has been completed and included in the latest draft document.

·         The panel share concerns about staff vacancy rates and acknowledged the work done to fill gaps to deliver safe and effective care to patients. The Chair advised the panel that progress made to stabilise staffing levels and that 50 nurses from the Philippines had been trained to meet shortages.

·         The panel discussed the issue of the number and type of serious and reportable incidents during the year and the reasons. The panel wanted assurance about the impact of actions taken to reduce the likelihood of them happening again in the future. The Chair commented on safety thermometer – harm free care chart which shows current progress towards the target and how the hospital coped during the winter period.

·         The panel noted the progress on improving infection control and reducing the number of pressure injuries. The Chair advised the panel of initiatives aimed at helping staff to maintain safety critical systems and to continue functioning at an optimal level during periods of high stress.

·         The panel discussed the advice given to people help them get ready for discharge as part of efforts to reduce delays. The Chair commented on work done to encourage people to declare their ethnic origin to help the hospital compare its performance against published standards. RWHT provide mandatory training package on diversity to both existing staff and as part of the induction programme for new staff.

·         The panel discussed progress since the introduction of vertical integration – which involves GP practices being integrated with the RWHT through sub-contracting arrangements. The panel discussed the results  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Wolverhampton Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document Consultation pdf icon PDF 97 KB

[Lina Martino, Consultant in Public Health, to present report]


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Lina Merino, Consultant in Public Health, introduced the report on revised guidance on appropriate locations for new hot food takeaways. The Consultant in Public Health explained the background to the consultation document and gave highlights to the representations received.


The Consultant in Public Health gave a short presentation which gave details about the proposal and added that the guidance only applies to new applications to open hot food takeaways


The panel queried the data which gave a summary of the link between the number of children assessed as being obese in Year 6 and the number of hot food takeaways within 400m of school gates. The panel queried strength of the link when results for Fallings Park and Oxley are compared.


John Denley, Director of Public Health, commented that the proposals are aimed at reducing access and consumption of unhealthy foods as part of the wider vision for the service. The Consultant in Public Health added they plans are aimed at encouraging people to make better health choices and to improve their health. The panel commented on the issue of concentration of hot food takeaways outside the 400m limit but located on the walking route to schools. The panel queried if this issue will be considered by planning when granting planning applications.


The Director of Public Health commented that the plans have had a good media coverage and led to local businesses to discuss their plans for opening hot food takeaways and change their offer to more healthier options. The Chief Executive commented on the changes in the food offer introduced at Greggs and the positive discussions and added that the location is now used to test new healthy products and profits have increased.



            The panel endorse the proposed changes to the planning guidance and would like its comments considered in the final draft before it is approved.


Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Quality Accounts 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Health Scrutiny Panel resposne to Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Quality Accounts 2017/18


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The panel agreed to note the response to the Quality Accounts report.


West Midlands Ambulance Service Quality Accounts 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 35 KB

[Health Scrutiny Panel response to West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust

Quality Accounts 2017/18]



The panel agreed to note the response to the Quality Accounts report.