Council services by letter

Agenda and minutes

||

Venue: Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY. View directions

Contact: Miriam Wearing, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 020 8424 1542 E-mail:  miriam.wearing@harrow.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

72.

Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.

 

Reserve Members may attend meetings:-

 

(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)              if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that there were no Reserve Members in attendance.

73.

Appointment of Vice-Chair

To note the appointment of the Chair of the Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group as Vice-Chair of the Board for the 2019-20 Municipal Year.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the appointment of Dr Genevieve Small, Chair of Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group, as Vice-Chair of the Board for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year.

74.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:

 

(a)          all Members of the Board;

(b)          all other Members present.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that the following interests were declared:

 

Agenda Item 9 – Update on Primary Care Networks and the Integrated Care Partnership

 

Councillor Chris Mote, who was not a member of the Board, declared a non?pecuniary interest in that he was a patient at the Pinn Medical Centre.  He would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

 

Councillor Janet Mote declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a patient at the Pinn Medical Centre.  She would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

 

During the course of the meeting, Councillor Christine Robson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a patient at the St Peter’s Medical Centre.  She would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

75.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 135 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2019 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2019 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

76.

Petitions

To receive petitions (if any) submitted by members of the public/Councillors under the provisions of Board Procedure Rule 13 (Part 4B-1 of the Constitution).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no petitions had been received.

77.

Public Questions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with Board Procedure Rule 14.

 

Questions will be asked in the order in which they were received.  There will be a time limit of 15 minutes for the asking and answering of public questions.

 

[The deadline for receipt of public questions is 3.00 pm, Monday 22 July 2019.  Questions should be sent to publicquestions@harrow.gov.uk  

No person may submit more than one question].

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no public questions had been received.

78.

Deputations

To receive deputations (if any) under the provisions of Board Procedure Rule 13 (Part 4B-1 of the Constitution).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no deputations had been received.

RESOLVED ITEMS

79.

NW London Commissioning Reform Programme: Public Draft Case for Change pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report of the Accountable Officer, Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board received a report which set out the case for change and considered the implications of moving towards a single North West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

 

Mark Easton, Chief Officer, NHS North West London Collaboration of CCGs, gave a detailed outline of the background to ‘The Case for Change’ document and the proposal that all sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) develop into an integrated care system (ICS) which would act as a regulator of health in a geographical area.  In order to enable this change, it was proposed to change the organisation of CCGs to operate at ICS level and he advised that over the next couple of years the number of CCGs was likely to reduce from the current 196 to 44.  The Board could influence the timing of the changes and he was keen to see a substantial NHS presence retained in the boroughs.  As the document had been updated since the production of the agenda, Mr Easton undertook to circulate the latest version to Board members.

 

The Chief Officer outlined the core issues arising from the proposals in terms of continuity and change as follows:-

 

·                     the proposals built on the existing collaboration of CCGs.  It was proposed that 8 local borough based sub-committees of CCGs be established headed by a borough director with delegated budgets;

 

·                     work with local stakeholders would continue;

 

·                     public representation would continue;

 

·                     there were proposals in relation to memberships of North West London governing bodies.

 

He explained that the consultation would conclude on 24 August 2019 after which the necessary reports would be prepared for government.  He outlined the advantages of the new way of working which included:

 

·                     there was evidence to support that patient pathways across London could be standardised;

 

·                     prices and costs across London currently varied;

 

·                     NWL CCG would look to reduce health inequalities;

 

·                     a reduction in the number of times the same decision had to be made;

 

·                     collaboration in terms of payment.

 

In response to comments from the Board, the Chief Officer advised that:

 

·                     the changes were based on policy guidance and that he was reasonably confident that there would be a continuity of staff and experience. In terms of timing, in order to reduce the uncertainty for staff, sooner rather than later might be preferable to mitigate the risk of staff leaving;

 

·                     in terms of Harrow CCG’s financial deficit, it would be necessary to clarify the starting balance sheet of the new CCG.  Guidance on this was awaited from NHS England but it might be possible to clear the historic debt and start with a ‘clean sheet’;

 

·                     in terms of seats for Healthwatch, discussions on the membership were on?going but he noted the comment that this body did not have the capacity to gather evidence and that this should be factored in;

 

·                     his view was that local services were best commissioned locally;

 

·                     he was keen to have continued scrutiny of health services so he did not expect to see changes to statutory boards.  However, there was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.

80.

Update on Primary Care Networks and the Integrated Care Partnership pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Report of the Managing Director Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board received a report which provided the latest position in the development in Harrow of Primary Care Networks (PCN) and the Integrated Care Partnership.

 

Javina Sehgal, Managing Director, NHS Harrow CCG, tabled an update on the registration forms from prospective Primary Care Networks.  She outlined the content of the report and explained that Harrow was likely to have six PCNs and that this proposal had been approved by NHS London.

 

A Member sought clarification on the practical implications of the PCNs on patients and questioned the links between the associated practices within the PCNs.  The Board were informed that the CCG had determined the PCNs but that it was early in the process and that any feedback was to be welcomed.

 

The Voluntary and Community Sector representative stated that in terms of the extended hours requirement, as a patient, she would expect a GP to have her notes at a walk in centre.  The Managing Director advised that, due to continuity of care, walk in centres were not in line with the NHS direction of travel and that from 1 April 2021 each PCN would be responsible for out of hours care provision for their population.

 

In response to comments that there was a need to ‘scale up’ the approach to serious case reviews, the Managing Director advised that it was intended to build expertise in all areas by educating GPs and PCNs but suggested this be discussed separately.  There was no proposal to have more than one named GP.

 

The Vice Chair advised that place based care and the development of integrated care plans was key.  There was a need to increase the pace and scale for more holistic wrap around care and the CCG had been working with the PCN providers, given that the PCNs had come into existence from July 2019 in order to deliver Integrated Care to the whole Harrow population by 2021.  She acknowledged and agreed with a comment that as Harrow and Brent shared a major acute provider, each area’s health and care integrated plans required consideration to ensure consistency of service.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

81.

Public Health Update pdf icon PDF 194 KB

Report of the Director of Public Health.

Minutes:

The Board received a report which provided an update on areas of public health activity including the stop smoking service, social prescribing, the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

 

In response to a question, the Director of Public Health advised that GP referral would identify the most vulnerable to the stop smoking adviser.  In addition, it was proposed to hold a stop smoking session with pregnant women, a target group.  The Vice-Chair stated that mental health was a significant issue in terms of smoking.

 

The representative of the Community and Voluntary Sector advised health messages, such a stop smoking, might require translation in order to reach residents for whom English was not their first language.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

82.

Harrow Adult Substance Misuse pdf icon PDF 365 KB

Report of the Director of Public Health

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board received a report which provided an update on the re-procurement of Harrow Adult Substance Misuse Service.

 

The Senior Commissioning Manager outlined the content of the report and made reference to incident planning for Fentanyl arriving into the illicit drug market.  In response to guidance from the Local Government Association and Public Health England, Harrow Council had implemented a Framework to prepare for the threat.  Harrow Adult Substance Misuse Service also worked jointly with Stakeholder Management in the Housing Team.

 

The members of the Board made a number of comments including:

 

·                     the night shelter for the homeless provided an opportunity to engage with this hard to reach group;

 

·                     the Mental Health Service was impacted when there was a reduction in the Adult Substance Misuse Service;

 

·                     a dual diagnosis specialist nurse should be considered given the reduced funding.  The Senior Commissioning Manager responded that the previous £0.5 m reduction in budget resulted in a reduction of staff including a dual diagnosis nurse specialist.  Care of service users with a dual diagnosis continued to be a component of the service specification and there was an opportunity for bidders to be innovative in the delivery of the care pathway.

 

The Senior Commissioning Manager advised that all agencies would be consulted on the service specification and that she would keep the Board updated.  A report would be submitted to Cabinet in September 2019.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

83.

SEND Strategy, Commissioning Plan and Local Area Inspection Self Evaluation pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Report of the Corporate Director People, Harrow Council, and the Managing Director, Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board received a report which presented a suite of strategic documents related to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

The Divisional Director People Services outlined the content of the report and provided an update on the latest developments, including the launch of the Harrow SEND conversation with Harrow partners and the meeting of the SEND Group on 8 July 2019 which aimed to provide a focus on the delivery of SEND reforms.

 

The Corporate Director, People, stated that the positive feedback from Inspectors was to be both welcomed and celebrated.  This view was endorsed by the Board.

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.