Agenda and minutes
Safeguarding, Communities and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee/Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 30th April, 2018 11.00 am
Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall, Wrexham
Contact: Suzanne Price Scrutiny Facilitator
Webcast: View the webcast
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillors Brian Cameron, Beverly Parry-Jones, Debbie Wallice and Nigel Williams.
Declarations of personal interests, if any
Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting.
Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any business to be transacted at this meeting. The following declaration was made:
Agenda Item 4 – Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Councillor Trevor Bates – Personal – his wife being employed as a nurse at Chirk Community Hospital. The Councillor remained in the meeting and took part in the discussion and voting thereon.
Councillor Krista Childs – Personal – a relative works in the Emergency Department at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The Councillor remained in the meeting taking part in the discussion and voting thereon.
To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 21 March 2018.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 were submitted.
Correction to Minutes
Councillor Brian Cameron had been present at the meeting.
AGREED – That, subject to the above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 be signed as a correct record.
(Members declaration of interests in relation to this Agenda Item are set out in Minute 61 above).
The Chair welcomed the following representatives from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board tom the meeting: Rob Smith (Area Director – East), Dr Gareth Bowdler (Area Medical Director – East), Steve Forsyth (Director of Clinical Services) and Lesley Singleton (Director of Partnerships for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities). An apology for absence had been submitted on behalf of Gary Doherty (Chief Executive).
The Chair commented that this was the latest in a series of regular meetings between the Council’s Scrutiny Committee with the remit for ‘health matters’ and representatives of BCUHB, the previous meeting being held in October 2017.
a) BCUHB Mental Health Strategy
Lesley Singleton reported that the development of a Mental Health Strategy had been identified as one of the improvement areas following the Health Board being placed in Special Measures in June 2015. She then provided an overview of the development of the ‘Together for Mental Health in North Wales’ strategy and reference was made to the following matters in particular:
· It was an integrated strategy being co-produced with service user and staff involvement and prepared in close consultation with partner organisations including Local Authorities and the Third Sector.
· The strategy will offer a comprehensive range of services to promote health and wellbeing for people of all ages, focussing on prevention of mental ill health and early intervention when required. Services would be community-based wherever possible to reduce reliance on hospital-based inpatient care.
· The strategy identified improvements across an initial five year plan period. The Partnership Board had agreed that the first year would focus on the provision of crisis intervention services in mental health.
· Three Local Implementation Teams have been established across North Wales with population needs assessments being used to ensure that appropriate services would be provided at a local level. Each team was now working on their Delivery Plan and it was anticipated that they would be approved by Summer 2018.
· The successful delivery of the strategy would be a significant challenge and require the active support and commitment of all partnership agencies working closely together.
During the discussion that ensued the following matters were raised in particular:
· Lesley Singleton commented that there had been decrease in the number of Section 136 referrals from North Wales Police in the last three months due to changes in the Police and Crime Act. In addition a new initiative had been established between the Health Board and the Police and Criminal Justice Service to ensure that only appropriate individuals were being referred for Section 136 assessments with others being directed to more appropriate services. She did not have the number of referrals to hand but agreed to forward the information to Committee Members following the meeting.
· Further information was sought on the level of provision of out of hours mental health services as crisis intervention had been identified as a first year focus area for the strategy.
· Members commented that good ... view the full minutes text for item 62.
To consider the report of the Head of Finance
The Head of Finance submitted a report (HF/51/18s) to assist the Committee in considering its Work Programme for the coming year.
The Scrutiny Facilitator (Suzanne Price) introduced the report and advised Members that the items identified for further scrutiny at previous meetings had been provisionally scheduled into the draft Work Programme, a copy of which was attached at Appendix 1 to the report. A response was still awaited from the Governor of HMP Berwyn to attend a future meeting of this Committee and that the item originally scheduled for the May meeting has been deferred.
During consideration of the report Members noted that, at present, there was no business for the May meeting. It was agreed that prior to cancelling the meeting, the Scrutiny Facilitator liaises with the Chair and relevant officers on the possibility of scheduling an alternative report / workshop for that date and advises Members accordingly.
AGREED – That the draft Work Programme attached at Appendix 1 to report HF/51/18 be approved.