Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee Minutes

Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 28 July 2016
Time:
10:00 a.m.
Place:
Mandela Room, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor E Dryden (Chair) (Middlesbrough Borough Council).

Darlington Borough Council: Councillors: W Newall and J Taylor.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council: Councillor: I Jeffrey.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council: Councillors: E Cunningham and L Hall.
Officers:
L Stones, Hartlepool Borough Council.
C Lunn, Middlesbrough Borough Council.
E Pout, Middlesbrough Borough Council.
S Fenwick, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
P Mennear, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
Apologies for absence:
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of:

Councillor H Scott - Darlington Borough Council.
Councillors S Belcher, B Harrison and R Martin-Wells - Hartlepool Borough Council.
Councillors S Biswas and J Walker - Middlesbrough Borough Council.
Councillors L Harding and L Reed - Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
Councillor M Javed - Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

The Scrutiny Officer explained to Members that, due to the scheduling of the meeting, representation from Hartlepool Borough Council was unfortunately not able to be attained, and reiterated the apologies that had been received.
Declarations of interest:

There were no declarations made at this point in the meeting.

Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
16/1 APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR.

In accordance with the protocols of the Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee, Chairmanship for the Municipal Year 2016/2017 transferred to Middlesbrough Council.

 

The outgoing Chair expressed his gratitude for the work undertaken during the previous Municipal Year.

It was proposed, seconded and agreed that Councillor E Dryden be appointed as Chair.

 

AGREED that Councillor E Dryden be appointed as Chair for the Municipal Year 2016/2017.
 

16/2 APPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIR.

In accordance with the protocols of the Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee, Vice Chairmanship for the Municipal Year 2016/2017 transferred to Darlington Borough Council.

 

It was proposed, seconded and agreed that Councillor W Newall be appointed as Vice Chair.

 

AGREED that Councillor W Newall be appointed as Vice Chair for the Municipal Year 2016/2017.


 

16/3 MINUTES - TEES VALLEY HEALTH SCRUTINY JOINT COMMITTEE - 21 JANUARY 2016.

The Minutes of the meeting of the Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee held on 21 January 2016 were submitted and approved as a correct record.

 

NOTED


 

16/4 TEES VALLEY HEALTH SCRUTINY JOINT COMMITTEE - PROTOCOLS.

Members confirmed the protocols for Municipal Year 2016/2017, which had been previously circulated.

 

AGREED that the protocols be confirmed.


 

16/5 WORK PROGRAMME - 2016/2017.

The Scrutiny Officer presented a report, the purpose of which was to request that Members give consideration to the priorities for the Committee's work programme for Municipal Year 2016/2017.

 

It was explained to the Committee that standard items pertaining to Quality Accounts and monitoring of the North East Ambulance Service would automatically be included in the programme.

 

Members considered a number of suggestions that had been received in respect of further potential work programme topics. These were detailed in the submitted report.

 

The Committee gave consideration to the topic of Breast Screening. A discussion ensued in respect of such matters as screening age; take-up and subsequent outcome statistics; human resource availability; and issues experienced with screening equipment in several Tees Valley Hospitals. Members agreed that this topic be pursued.

 

In respect of suggestions pertaining to Young People's Mental Health, including suicide rates, and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Transformation Plan, a Member indicated that there was a potential link between these two areas, and therefore it was important to ensure that work was not duplicated in this regard. It was felt that poor mental health was an increasing issue that required particular focus. Members agreed that this topic be pursued. Reference was made to previous updates that the Committee had received from Health representatives in respect of the Tees Valley Suicide Plan, which could potentially be revisited. The Chair suggested that the topic of young people and suicide be explored initially, with subsequent specific focus on associated areas then being made. Members supported this suggestion.

 

With regards to Cancer Mortality in the Tees Valley, a Member commented on the importance of sharing knowledge and information, particularly in relation to patients from across the area accessing hospital services in other districts. The Committee agreed that the topic of cancer mortality be placed on the work programme. Reference was made to the Better Health Programme and the potential implications for district hospitals across the Tees Valley.

 

AGREED that the topics of Breast Screening; Young People's Mental Health; and Cancer Mortality in the Tees Valley be placed on the work programme, alongside the standard items pertaining to Quality Accounts and the monitoring of the North East Ambulance Service. In addition, without duplicating the work of the Better Health Programme Joint Committee, an information finding session on the ambitions for the district hospitals from the Better Health Programme team would also be undertaken.
 

16/6 FUTURE MEETING ARRANGEMENTS.

The Committee agreed the proposed meeting dates for the remainder of the 2016/2017 Municipal Year, which were as follows:

  • 21 October 2016;
  • 26 January 2016; and
  • 26 April 2017.

All meetings would commence at 10:00 and be held in the Mandela Room, Middlesbrough Town Hall.

 

AGREED that the future meeting arrangements be approved.
 

16/7 ANY OTHER BUSINESS.

No further business was discussed.

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