The Panel considered a draft Final Report based on the evidence received so far which included a list of conclusions and discussions for further discussion.
As indicated at the meeting of the Panel held on 18 February 2014 the Panel acknowledged that the previous National Service Framework had provided a good focus, targets and incentives for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership and although there were good intentions there was currently a lack of both national and local strategic direction which together with other factors had hampered the effectiveness of the Partnership and lessened the opportunity to constructively criticise policy implementation. Members reiterated the importance for the links to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to be reinstated or established with the Partnership.
In commenting on services available a Member specifically asked for clarification as to what was provided if required in relation to persons in prison and following their release.
AGREED as follows:-
1. That the draft Final Report together with the conclusions and recommendations as outlined be approved subject to the following:-
(i) That for the purpose of the Final Report an alternative to the word 'de-integration be considered such as 'de-centralisation.
(ii) That the third 'the be deleted in paragraph 29.
(iii) That the Overview and Scrutiny Board consider the possible inclusion in the 2014/2015 Scrutiny Review Programme of a scrutiny review into the mental health services offered where required to persons whilst in and after leaving prison.
(iv) That conclusions (a), (c) and (d) be expanded upon and the relevant paragraphs within the main part of the report referred to.
(v) That conclusion (e) be expanded upon and refer to the need for further national strategic direction.
(vi) That on behalf of the Panel the Chair and Vice- Chair write a letter to the Secretary of State for Health outlining the points raised in respect of conclusion (e).
(vii) That recommendation (b) emphasises the need for resilient mechanisms to be in place to ensure that the Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership has links with the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
(viii) That recommendation (c) be strengthened and refers to the need for mechanisms in place to ensure the links between the Public Health Team and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership in producing the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
2. That taking into account the above recommendations the draft Final Report be revised and following consultation and approval of the Panels Chair and Vice-Chair the report be submitted to the Overview and Scrutiny Board.
3. That the Final Report be circulated to representatives who had provided evidence on the review with regard to its factual accuracy.