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The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.



The Chair will draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure as set out under Note 6.



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Dr Ian Orpen (CCG) and Dr Bruce Laurence (Public Health) had sent their apologies to the Select Committee. Tracey Cox and Denice Burton were present for the duration of the meeting as their respective substitutes.



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MINUTES - 27th September 2017 pdf icon PDF 132 KB


The Select Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.


Clinical Commissioning Group Update

The Select Committee will receive an update from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on current issues.


Tracey Cox, Chief Officer, CCG addressed the Select Committee. A copy of the update can be found on their Minute Book and as an online appendix to these minutes, a summary of the update is set out below.


A&E performance


In October 89.9 per cent of patients were seen in A&E within four hours against a national target of 95 per cent.  We continue to work closely with the Royal United Hospital to help coordinate a whole-system response to manage pressure on services and drive up four hour waiting time performance. The CCG is making sure that primary care and community services are operating as effectively as they can, so that patients can be cared for out of hospital wherever possible. 


A number of initiatives are being introduced to help reduce the pressure on hospitals. Home First enables patients who no longer need hospital care, but might need a bit of extra support, to go home as soon as possible. Once at home, the patient is met by a therapist and reablement workers who immediately provide a detailed assessment and organise support for up to six weeks to help the patient regain the skills and confidence to live at home independently – rather than stay in hospital. 


Home First is being extended so it accepts referrals at weekends, in addition to Monday to Friday. We are also funding additional appointments at GP practices from January to March 2018 to help divert patients away from A&E and expanding our Early Home Visiting Service across all our practices. 


She added that the NHS was due to be given £350m from the Autumn Budget as additional winter funding.


Integration of health and social care services


Plans to improve existing joint working arrangements between the CCG and Council have been approved at the Council’s Cabinet (8 November) and CCG Board (9 November). 


The focus on further integration is also in response to the changing needs of the local population, challenging budgets and to ensure services are sustainable in the longer term. By joining up the delivery of services, more of the local health and care budgets can be pooled and commissioners will be able to plan and deliver services for local people more effectively.


Plans to restrict access to three non-urgent services


We have begun engaging with the public on proposals to restrict access to fertility treatment, vasectomies and female sterilisations. In June we announced publicly that, like many NHS organisations across the UK, BaNES CCG is facing unprecedented financial pressures. We also signalled that we would need to make difficult decisions about the best way to fairly distribute NHS resources in B&NES.

We are proposing to remove NHS funding for vasectomies and female sterilisations in all but exceptional circumstances.

We are also proposing to continue providing one cycle of IVF for individuals who qualify for NHS-funded fertility treatment, but that to qualify, women need to be aged under 35 years, men under 55 years and couples need to have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.

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Cabinet Member Update

The Cabinet Member will update the Select Committee on any relevant issues. Select Committee members may ask questions on the update provided.


Councillor Vic Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing addressed the Select Committee. A copy of the update can be found on their Minute Book and as an online appendix to these minutes, a summary of the update is set out below.


Virgin Care – Patient Safety, Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Reporting, Monitoring and Management


Following the motion passed at the November meeting of full Council in relation to the reporting and management of any patient safety concerns I have been provided with assurance by the Council’s Head of Safeguarding & Quality Assurance and CCG’s Director of Nursing & Quality that these have been addressed.


He stated that specifically, in relation to the concerns expressed by some members of staff in Virgin Care and reported in the local media, the Director of Nursing & Quality and Head of Safeguarding & Quality Assurance did seek and receive assurance that all appropriate policies, procedures, systems and support to staff are in place to ensure they are able to raise any concerns that they may have, both internally and also, directly to external bodies, including CQC, the Council and the CCG.


He added that the Health & Wellbeing Select Committee receives regular updates on the Virgin Care Contract and he has requested that future updates include feedback on performance, quality, safeguarding concerns, complaints and any serious incidents.


“Three Conversations”


Taking a personalised approach in adult social care has been a long held aspiration.  However, supporting processes, including how assessments are undertaken, determining eligibility, putting in place support plans and arranging services remains largely unchanged.


But now some local authorities are exploring a radically different approach. The “three conversations” model aims to create a new relationship between professionals and people who need support, providing a graded process of conversations aimed at helping people lead independent lives, with traditional (funded) support packages offered only when other options have been exhausted.


Early evaluations are showing some remarkable results – improved outcomes for individuals, more fulfilled staff and a significant reduction in the number of people needing to receive long-term support packages funded by the Local Authority.


Conversation 1: Listen & Connect

Conversation 2: Work intensively with people in crisis

Conversation 3: Build a good life


Bath & North East Somerset Council is starting to try this very different approach. The three-conversation model draws on the individual’s own resources and encourages professionals to forge stronger links with the wider community – especially the voluntary sector, in order to support individuals to make best use of all the support available in their community.


The Director for Integrated Health & Care Commissioning commented that the approach will seek to look at what the community / voluntary sector can offer up front. She offered to show a short video at the next meeting that shows the strength of the service users.


Proud to Care South West Update


Proud to Care South West is part of the national Proud to Care initiative, aimed at raising the profile and appeal of a career in social care and health.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

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Public Health Update

The Select Committee are asked to consider the information presented within the report and note the key issues described.


Denice Burton, Assistant Director Health Improvement addressed the Select Committee. A copy of the update can be found on their Minute Book and as an online appendix to these minutes, a summary of the update is set out below.


Mental Health Time to Change Pledge


Bath & North East Somerset Council is calling all employers to sign the Mental Health Time to Change Pledge. The Council has joined a growing number of companies nationally who have signed the pledge, demonstrating their commitment to taking action to improve attitudes towards mental health – overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offering more support in the workplace.


NHS diabetes programme bulletin


NHS England is launching a new bi-monthly bulletin to keep up to date all partners, stakeholders and providers involved in the delivery of the NHS Diabetes Programme. The bulletin will include updates from across all streams of the Programme (NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, Treatment and Care and Digital), share knowledge between delivery sites, help to build and maintain local engagement in the Programme and share reports, results and impact. The first bulletin is due to go out in November.


New guidance for professionals working with children and young people who self-harm


Over the past year a working party made of up of professionals from a range of B&NES services and young people from our CAMHS Participation Group have come together to review current guidance for professionals working with young people who self-harm.  It has been unanimously agreed that B&NES will adopt the information and guidance on the HarmLESS website developed by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and this content will replace all previous guidance.


Workplace Health Needs Assessment


Public Health England have published the Workplace Health Needs Assessment, a tool developed with Healthy Working Futures to help employers of all types and sizes to carry out workplace health needs assessments and provide practical workplace health advice. These resources add to existing materials for employers and local areas, including: employer toolkits developed with Business in the Community and others regarding mental health, musculoskeletal health, suicide prevention and suicide postvention; and a set of health and work infographics


Maternity services transformation


The local Maternity system (LMS) across B&NES, Wiltshire Swindon (STP footprint) has co-developed a transformation plan, in response to the national Better Birth Recommendations and the NHS Five Year Forward View. This is an exciting time for our maternity services and for women and families in B&NES, Wiltshire and Swindon. Service user representatives have been centrally involved in developing our local transformation plan, working alongside key stakeholders, sharing information, considering needs, identifying gaps and shaping services that have women and their families at the centre


The vision is that: “All women have a safe and positive birth and maternity experience, and be prepared to approach parenting with confidence.”


A full Engagement Plan is being developed, which will build on the work commenced by the Royal United Hospital in Bath in relation to place of birth.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

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Healthwatch Update

The Select Committee are asked to consider the information presented within the report and note the key issues described.



Alex Francis, Team Manager, Healthwatch B&NES addressed the Select Committee. A copy of the update can be found on their Minute Book and as an online appendix to these minutes, a summary of the update is set out below.


Update on non-emergency patient transport


At the September meeting Healthwatch updated the Committee on a piece of work it had undertaken with BaNES Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) around the non-emergency patient transport service provided by Arriva Transport Solutions.


The visit included an opportunity to speak to patients that had arrived at, or were waiting to be collected from, the Royal United Hospital, Bath


Feedback gathered during the visit was pulled together into a joint report, which the CCG has shared with Arriva for comment. Here are some of the key points from the visit:



 Health, safety and welfare of passengers/ patients


·  All of the drivers were respectful and courteous to passengers using the transport. Passengers were referred to by name and appeared to be pleased to see the crews.


·  The crews were asked about identifying potential harm to a passenger. Safeguarding was discussed and crews knew the process for referring passengers.


·  Arriva aims to provide return journeys (after a patient’s appointment) within four hours. For some passengers, e.g. those that have diabetes, this can require planning to ensure that food and/or medication is brought in order to prevent a hypoglycaemic incident.


·  Crews were observed assisting patients onto the transport in their wheelchairs. All were securely strapped in with an additional seat belt.


·  On the day there appeared to be good relationships between the crews and the departments/ care home staff. The crews gave examples of situations when this hasn’t been so good, for example where a journey has been delayed without the care home or hospital department being notified.


Patient feedback


·  Patients stated that the crews were kind and approachable.


·  The patients did say that at times when delays occurred they become frustrated and the crews can get the brunt of this, however the patients didn’t feel it was the crews fault.


·  The patients felt frustrated with the people who plan the journeys as they often have heard the crews speaking to the control centre stating that they are unable to get to the next journey on time.


·  The patients said they felt frustrated for the crews as they can see that that the journey time is impossible. One patient said they would like to have the opportunity to go to the control centre to explain this.


·  One frequent user of the service stated that their life “revolves around Arriva” as the service frequent picks them up late and gets them home late. This patient stated that they feel they “want to give it all up as I can’t face the transport”.


Healthwatch is awaiting further update from the CCG regarding the full report and will notify the Committee when it becomes publicly available.



Accessible Information Standard (AIS)


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently released information highlighting how  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

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Maternity Transformation Plan for B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire pdf icon PDF 219 KB

This briefing provides an oversight of the new co-created Maternity Transformation Plan. The plan details our system wide response across the Strategic Transformation Partnership (STP) footprint to the national Better Birth Recommendations and the NHS Five Year Forward View.

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The Senior Commissioning Manager for Preventative Services introduced this item to the Select Committee. She explained that the plan details our system wide response across the Strategic Transformation Partnership (STP) footprint to the national Better Birth Recommendations and the NHS Five Year Forward View. She added that it also describes our vision for local maternity services to ensure that - “All women have a safe and positive birth and maternity experience, and be prepared to approach parenting with confidence.”


She informed them that all maternity services were asked to develop a Local Maternity System (LMS) across their STP footprint by October 2017. The B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire STP created such a system in April 2017 with all providers and commissioners across the maternity pathway joining together to discuss and agree operational and strategic aims and objectives.


She stated that public consultation will of course be key and that a full Engagement Plan is being developed, which will build on the work commenced by the Royal United Hospital in Bath in relation to place of birth.


She said that the MTP plan will be finalised by the end of November. She added that the STP wide Maternity Strategy and Liaison Committee (MSLC) undertook a place of birth survey earlier this year with more than 800 responses and this feedback was used during the development of the plan and will form the basis of the Engagement Strategy.


She explained that the mobilisation and implementation of the plan will be supported by a dedicated project midwife, which is being funded from national money dedicated to the development of Local Maternity Systems. This post is currently being recruited to.


Councillor Eleanor Jackson said that the Labour Group would provide a written response to the proposals in due course. She said that she was surprised that there seemed to be no reference made to pain control within the Plan and that some sections of it were not particularly true to life as babies don’t always read their birthing plan.


She spoke of how important it was to have the same midwife throughout the duration of the pregnancy.


She explained that she was aware of a local resident that had begun to give birth in Paulton Hospital but due to complications had to be transferred to the RUH. She said that the RUH staff were so busy there appeared to be no time to explain the circumstances of her transfer.


She said that further support was also required to assist with breastfeeding as in some cases this can take a number of days to be successful.


The Senior Commissioning Manager for Preventative Services thanked Councillor Jackson for her comments.


Councillor Lizzie Gladwyn commented that she hoped improvements could be sought following the Better Births Gap Analysis, in particular midwife support.


The Senior Commissioning Manager for Preventative Services said that she would bring an update on the Plan to the Select Committee in due course.


The Chair thanked her for the report on behalf of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.


Local Safeguarding Adult's Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 79 KB

The Local Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2016-17 highlights the work of the Board during the period and information and analysis of safeguarding case activity.

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The former Independent Chair of the Board, Reg Pengelly introduced the report to the Select Committee.  Also present were Robert Lake, the new Independent Chair and the Safeguarding Children & Adults Boards Business Support Manager.


He said that the relationship that the Board has with all agencies involved across the authority is so welcome.


He explained that during the reporting period 2016 – 17 B&NES received 1,496 new alerts/referrals (now called concerns) and that this is an increase of 32% compared to the previous year which saw the implementation of the Care Act. He stated that the increased level of activity is taking additional time for all the agencies concerned.


He said the links between the LSAB and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) had been further strengthened in the past year through a joint working plan and joint stakeholder days in order to promote ‘Think Family’.


He informed them that joint working with the LSCB to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has progressed with the development of a poster and information leaflet.


He stated that the Board has updated a range of policies, training and guidance in accordance with the requirements of the Care Act 2014 and its revisions including a full revision of the multi-agency procedures that went live in September 2016, and developed more robust systems for monitoring dissemination of policies and procedures.


Councillor Eleanor Jackson advised those present of a clerical error within the report as the area referred to as Norton Radstock no longer exists. She asked that it be amended to Midsomer Norton and Radstock.


She said that she found the report contained some extremely useful information. She asked how the potential conflict between information sharing and data protection was managed.


Reg Pengelly replied that in terms of safeguarding safety is seen as paramount over data protection.


Councillor Eleanor Jackson asked what transitions systems were in place when referring to children moving into adult care.


Reg Pengelly replied that well developed transitions processes were in place. He added that the support criteria is different for those over the age of 18, but that some services can extend to 25. He said that plans for migration should be in place from 16 where possible.


Councillor Bryan Organ asked how they could make more people aware of the work of the Board.


Reg Pengelley replied that there was a joint LSAB / LSCB website that had three tiers of information available to it.


The Chair asked if they had supplied any publicity material to local GPs.


The Safeguarding Children & Adults Boards Business Support Manager replied that they had provided them with leaflets and posters relating to the work of the Boards.


Councillor Tim Ball commented that he was aware of some young people that from the age of 16 are weaned off their ASD medication and that these same people are now in receipt of adult care.


The Director for Integrated Health & Care Commissioning replied that as Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.


Select Committee Workplan pdf icon PDF 111 KB

This report presents the latest workplan for the Select Committee. Any suggestions for further items or amendments to the current programme will be logged and scheduled in consultation with the Chair of the Select Committee and supporting officers.



The Chair introduced this item. She said that they were due to receive the Directorate Plan reports in January ahead of the budget being set in February.


She reminded them that they had earlier agreed to receive a video / presentation on the Three Conversations referred to in the Cabinet Member Update.


Councillor Eleanor Jackson requested that the Select Committee receive some training on Commissioning during 2018.


The Director for Integrated Health & Care Commissioning replied that she felt that some training on the Commissioning Cycle could be provided.


Councillor Vic Pritchard spoke to confirm the status of both Councillor Jackson and Councillor Ball as official observers to the Health & Wellbeing Board and that any future apologies would be recorded.


Councillor Lin Patterson asked for an STP update to be put on the workplan.


Councillor Eleanor Jackson asked if by November 2018 the Select Committee could receive a report that addresses the provision of midwives and care home staff locally and the effect that Brexit may have on them.


The Director for Integrated Health & Care Commissioning replied that she would discuss the matter with the Commissioning Manager for Adult Social Care to see what could be possible.


The Select Committee RESOLVED to approve all of the proposals made.