Agenda and minutes

    Venue: Committee Room

    Contact: Christine Lewis 

    No. Item


    Apologies for Absence


    Apologies were received from Councillor Mrs Constable


    Declarations of Interests


    Councillor Shepherd declared a personal interest in item 5 – Together We’re Better (TWB) Consultation as her mother works at the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital


    Councillor O’Hagan – declared a personal interest in item 5 – Together We’re Better (TWB) Consultation as he works for Midland Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who are based at the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital


    Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 84 KB


    The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 10th January 2019 were circulated and signed as a correct record subject to clarification that on Minutes number 26, it was requested that the property investment company focus on buying properties to socially rent.  It was noted that this request had been passed to the Assistant Chief Executive to investigate further.



    Standing Items

    a)    Lichfield District Health Provision            

    b)    Staffordshire Health Select Committee   


    (a)  Lichfield District health Provision

    There was no new information for the Committee to note.


    (b)  Staffordshire Health Select Committee

    County Councillor Mrs Eagland reported the main points that were discussed at the SCC meeting on the 4th February 2019.  Councillor Mrs Baker then reported the main points of the SCC meeting on the 19th March 2019 and reported that she had requested data on Stroke pathways through Good Hope and Heartlands hospitals as many residents from the District take that route.  She also reported that she would pass this information to the Committee once received.



    Together We're Better (TWB) Consultation

    Presentation by TWB


    The Committee received a presentation from the Director of the Together We’re Better (TWB) programme, Simon Whitehouse.


    Mr Whitehouse reported that the TWB was the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and was comprised of NHS, GGC and higher tier Local Authorities.  He also reported that the objective of TWB was to drive innovation to improve health, provide better care and lower costs.


    Mr Whitehouse reported on what had already happened including the Frailty Hub which began in Lichfield and would be rolled out across the county. Members noted that the hub supported families not just patients and dealt with access to information and support being provided.


    GP access and proposed integrated care teams were then discussed and Mr Whitehouse reported that this work had begun and it would allow for residents to access care like physiotherapy immediately without the need of a GP referral.  It was asked if District Nursing would be included in this approach and it was reported that they would be and staffing levels were being worked through.  Members also asked how this approach would work with single GP practices and it was reported that the contracts were being updated to include incentives to work with partners and build those relationships.  Deliverability of integrated care teams was questioned by Members specifically whether there would be enough staff to create these teams or if there would be a shortage.  It was reported that the ideal number of staff was known but it would take time to get everything and everyone in place.  It was agreed that navigating the current system of referrals was not user friendly for patients and integrated care would help this.  It was also agreed that this would require a culture change for care providers along with a breakdown in organisational barriers.


    Funding was discussed and it was asked what avenues there were.  It was reported that TWB was not statutory so could not get funding directly but could access it through the STP on a national level.  It was noted that although more funding had been secured nationally through the new settlement, it was intended to create a 4% saving through identifying efficiencies and joining priority areas.


    The longer term plans were presented to the Committee including the response timescales and it was noted that a local input was vital for the refresh of the five year strategic plan and it was agreed the Committee could help TWB when appropriate.


    The five system priorities were discussed and there was some concern that not much work had been identified for mental health.  Members agreed that care closer to home should be considered significantly for Lichfield especially with the temporary closure of George Bryan centre as that meant there was no mental health facility in the area.  It was noted that any permanent plan for the George Bryan centre would be subject to consultation.


    There was some concern that the priorities were not of a preventative nature and it would be this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.


    Work Programme pdf icon PDF 85 KB


    The work programme was circulated and it was noted that items had already been identified for the next Municipal year.


    RESOLVED:  That the work programme be noted.


    Vote of Thanks


    It was proposed, duly seconded and


    RESOLVED:  That the sincere thanks of the Committee be recorded to all the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen and Officer for their work during the past year.



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