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.