Agenda and minutes

Health Scrutiny Panel - Thursday, 15th September, 2016 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Julia Cleary  Tel: 01902 555046 or Email:

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Apologies were received from Cllr Martin Waite, Cllr Photay, Cllr Rowley, Dana Tooby, and Tracey Taylor.


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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



Resolved:      That the minutes of the previous meeting be agreed as a correct record.


Matters Arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes.]



The Chair informed the Panel that she has recently attended the first meeting of the Black Country Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee. The terms of reference were still being considered and would be shared with the Panel once agreed.


Health Scrutiny Partners and Work Planning 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

[Opportunity to share information about priorities and risks and to update the Work Programme accordingly]

Additional documents:


The Panel received a number of informative presentations from Partner organisations to help inform the future work programme.


1.            Ros Jervis: Service Director Public Health & Wellbeing, City of Wolverhampton Council


The presentation highlighted the holistic approach that the Council was taking in relation to Health and Wellbeing and the input that each Scrutiny Panel could have. The presentation also highlighted how this approach linked back to the Council’s Corporate Plan and objectives.


The presentation showed that in many cases there was an overlap between the different Scrutiny Panels when considering Health and Wellbeing issues such as bed blocking where there might also be issues for the Adult and Safer Scrutiny Panel to consider.


Councillors queried recent news reports regarding the rationalisation of the Health Service and Officers stated that all areas were facing financial constraints and that this highlighted the importance of collaborative working and a whole system approach to service delivery. The Chief Executive of the Royal Wolverhampton Trust stated that there were no plans for the sharing of services in Wolverhampton and that the CCG and the Trust were currently in good financial health.


The Panel queried what was happening in relation to the Sustainable Transformation Plan for the area and it was stated that the deadline for submissions for the Plan was 16th September and that it was constantly changing which made scrutiny difficult.


The Chair queried whether something would be available on the STP for the next meeting of the Panel but this could not be confirmed and work that could be done regarding the Plan was very limited. It was however confirmed that there were areas of the Plan that would in the future have to be subject to and agreed to by the Scrutiny Panel.


The Chair considered that the Panel may be interested in carrying out a piece or work in relation to the roll out of the Adult Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in the future once it had been up a running for a little while.



2.            Debra Hickman Deputy Chief Nurse, Royal Wolverhampton Trust


Mrs Hickman outlined elements of the Board Assurance Framework which was a Simple but comprehensive method for effective and focussed management of the principle risks that arose in meeting the Trust objectives.


The Panel queried how significant risks were escalated and it was noted that there were currently 7 highlighted risks with staffing as a major concern. Members also expressed some concern in relation to understanding whether or not apparently vague objectives such as ‘Creating a culture of compassion, safety & quality’ were being met. Mrs Hickman stated that the objectives were regularly monitored against both regional and national benchmarking.


The Panel also considered never events and the fact that there had been many iterations of these since 2009, it was noted that the top 2 never events in the RWT paralleled the top 2 nationally and that a large piece of work would be needed in order to understand these fully.  The Panel considered that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Update from Health Watch


Health Watch was now being delivered by Engaging Communities Staffordshire and work had been undertaken to identify priorities including:


·         the transfer of services to Cannock Hospital;

·         mental health concerns;

·         GP services;

·         Urgent care

·         Proposed changes to pharmacies


Resolved: That the update be noted and received


Healthy Child Programme Update pdf icon PDF 120 KB

[To provide an update report in relation to the Healthy Child Programme]

Additional documents:


A report was submitted to Panel on the findings of the engagement and consultation with stakeholders for the re-commissioning of the city’s 0-19 Healthy Child Programme (HCP) by Public Health. The report provided Members with an opportunity to consider some of the key findings of the engagement and emerging feedback regarding the proposed service model for the Healthy Child Programme.


The paper also provided information about the proposed future service model for the Healthy Child Programme. The service model had been developed following the formal engagement process and took into account wherever possible the views of key stakeholders.


There had been an 8 week engagement process with links into many services in the City and workshops with a good cross section of services. It was thought that in the region of 450 people had taken part in the engagement process including GPs and the Royal Wolverhampton Trust.  Feedback from this engagement process had been used to inform the new service model which was now going out for consultation. Feedback to the consultation appeared to be positive so far.


The Panel thanked and congratulated Officers for comprehensive report and a good piece of work.



That the Panel:


1.         Considered the findings from the recent engagement that had informed the development of the proposed new service model for delivery of the Healthy Child Programme.

2.         Considered the findings of the six week formal consultation on the proposed service model and comment on these.

3.         Noted the findings of the engagement with stakeholders as detailed in the report attached in Appendix One.

2.         Noted the proposed new service model for the Healthy Child Programme as attached in Appendix Two.

3.         Noted that this report had also been submitted to Children, Young People and Families Scrutiny Panel for comments.