A verbal update in respect of the work of each of the Scrutiny Panels was provided by the relevant Panel Chairs as follows:-
Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel
The Chair advised that the Panels next meeting was due to take place on 9 January 2019. The Panel was currently investigating the topic of Air Pollution and a representative from the H21 project, Northern Gas Networks, would be in attendance to provide information in relation to the H21 Project on Hydrogen Power. A representative from the Tees Valley Combined Authority would also be in attendance to provide information regarding the Hydrogen Vehicle Project and other relevant projects.
Children and Young Peoples Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel
The Chair updated the Board that the Panel was continuing its investigation into Early Help and Prevention Services in Middlesbrough and had visited the staff of the Work Readiness Team at Easterside Hub that morning.
The Panel had heard from a range of early help partners at its last meeting and had invited MVDA to attend its next meeting on 15 January 2019 to provide information regarding its role in the delivery of the early help agenda.
Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel
The Chair advised that the Panel had met on 17 December and held its first evidence-gathering session attended by representatives from MVDA, focussing on the work undertaken by the voluntary and community sector.
The Panels next meeting was scheduled for 21 January 2019 when the Director of Culture, Communities and Communications would be in attendance to provide information regarding the Councils relationship with the VCS. The Panel also planned to receive an update in relation to a previous topic - Selective Landlord Licensing.
Children and Young Peoples Learning Scrutiny Panel
The Chair stated that the Panels next meeting was scheduled for 14 January 2019 when it would consider its Draft Final Report on Holiday Hunger. The Panel would also receive an introduction to its new scrutiny topic - Mental Health in Schools.
Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel
The Chair advised that, in December, the Panel had looked at the new potential assessment process for families with adults requiring respite which was triggered by changes in respite services. The CCG recognised that better communication was needed with families and the Scrutiny Panel agreed to review the matter.
On 7 January 2019, the Panel received an update from the Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration regarding the new governance structures around health and social care.
Health Scrutiny Panel
In the absence of the Chair, a Member of the Health Scrutiny Panel provided the Board with an update in relation to the work undertaken by the Panel.
The Panel had met on 8 January 2019 to receive an update on its referral to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regarding Respite Opportunities and Short Breaks for People with Complex Needs and Learning Disabilities and/or Autism. The Health Scrutiny Panel had made submissions to the Secretary of State in response to the CCGs consultation on Transforming Care and an update was provide that the families currently in receipt of the provision would retain that provision.
The Panel also received information on breast services for patients in Middlesbrough and discussed its aims and draft terms of reference for its new topic of Vulnerable and Fragile Health Services in Middlesbrough.
The Panel had met on 19 December 2018 to receive an update from South Tees NHS Foundation Trust in respect of the current financial position, overall performance / areas for improvement, healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and car parking issues. An update on the Integrated Care System and Integrated Care Partnership for the south of the region was also provided.
ORDERED that the information provided be noted.