Agenda and minutes

Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 18th October, 2022 4.00 pm

Venue: Barking Town Hall, Council Chamber

Contact: Anthony Clements  Email: 01708 433065

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The Chairman will announce details of the arrangements in case of fire or other events that might require the meeting room or building’s evacuation.


The Chairman advised those in the Chamber what to do in case of an emergency.




Apologies have been received from Ian Buckmaster, Healthwatch Havering.


Apologies were received from Councillors Donna Lumsden, Barking & Dagenham, Catherine Deakin, Waltham Forest (Richard Sweden substituting) and Kaz Rizvi, Epping Forest. Apologies were also received from Ian Buckmaster, Healthwatch Havering.



Members are invited to disclose any interests in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting. Members may still declare an interest in an item at any point prior to the consideration of the matter.


There were no disclosures of interest.



To agree as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 28 July 2002 (attached).


The minutes of the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 28 July 2022 were agreed by the Committee as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.  




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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) delivered an update on the Trust. Much work had been undertaken to reduce waiting lists in secondary care, which stood at around 65,000 patients at the end of August 2022 following the easing of some previous Covid-19 restrictions, and in reducing waiting times for appointments. Patients were also benefitting from faster diagnosis, as a result of funding from NHS England to increase diagnostic capacity. An additional 30,000 tests and scans had been able to be undertaken at Barking Community Hospital this financial year, through an additional MRI scanner and CT scanner. A Community Diagnostic Centre was also being established at Barking Community Hospital to manage waiting lists and ensure timely care for patients.

The CEO of BHRUT explained that the Trust had been working to ensure that people were able to get access to the emergency care that they needed at the right time, focusing initially on Queen’s Hospital before learning could be implemented at King George’s Hospital; there were owever external constraints around how the Trust worked with its partners in the Urgent Treatment Centre and in maintaining flow through the hospital.


The next phase of the Trust’s improvement work was Project Snowball; designed to ensure that patients were being treated in the most suitable location. The initial focus was on the over 75s, ensuring that these patients were being moved from the Emergency Department to the frailty unit, where they would be looked after by specialist medical staff. This project would be extended into other areas such as acute medicine, over the coming winter.

To strengthen the Trust’s relationship with primary care, three new Associate Medical Directors had been appointed, who would work closely with clinicians to improve the experience of patients, both inside the hospital and when discharged back into the community.


The Trust was also trying to reduce its use of high-cost staff; it now had around 500 more substantive full time staff than in 2021. It was reducing its dependency on bank and agency staff and was now in a position where nearly nine out of every ten people working in the Trust, was employed directly by it. It was also working with Barts Health NHS Trust, to ensure a sustainable workforce. Staff wellbeing was also a Trust priority, with a number of initiatives being undertaken to support this, such as enhanced petrol reimbursements for community-based employees, financial wellbeing days and free period products.


The Group Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust then provided an update on work at Barts. The Trust had appointed substantively to all of its hospital CEO roles, with its new Chief Operating Officer due to start in January 2023. In terms of elective recovery, the Trust had cleared the majority of patients waiting over two years for treatment, except where patients had chosen to delay their treatment or complex surgery was required; 78-week waiters were the next priority area, with a national target to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.



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The Chief Executive at NHS North East London (NEL) delivered an update on the development of the Integrated Care Strategy, which outlined the purpose of the document, the principles of the NEL Integrated Care System (ICS), the new system strategy landscape, national requirements for Integrated Care Strategies, the stakeholder workshops taking place to develop NEL ICS priorities and the next steps to be undertaken.


The draft Strategy would be completed by the end of December 2022 and would then be presented to the NEL Integrated Care Partnership for agreement in January 2023. In response to questions from Members, the CEO stated that whilst she did not have a draft that she could readily share with the Committee at this point for the purpose of consultation, the stakeholder workshops were producing much of the content for the draft Strategy; she would be happy to share the summaries of these, and the population health profile, with the Committee. Whilst the national timelines for the production of the Strategy were unsatisfactory, NEL ICB hoped to be able to present the draft Strategy to the Committee at its next meeting on 10 January 2023, before final presentation to the ICP. Following approval, the Strategy would be subject to continuous engagement as to its development.


The CEO also stated that workforce was an important priority within the strategy and was also subject to much ongoing work outside of the strategy. Whilst the work was focused mainly on local employment, additional work was being undertaken around creatively looking at different roles and approaches that could address issues such as winter pressures, as well as urgent and emergency care.


Long-term conditions encompassed all age ranges; however, long-term conditions were more prevalent within the older population. There was lots of work being undertaken on frailty pathways, to ensure that people in NEL were able to age well, and NEL place-based partnerships also focused on aging. Early cancer detection was also very important, with a large focus on this at the stakeholder workshop on long-term conditions. The CEO anticipated that a core element of the strategy would focus on ensuring early intervention.




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The Chair of BHRUT and Barts Health updated the Joint Committee on the Acute Provider Collaborative in North East London (NEL), which was in the early stages of development. The priority of this collaborative would be to support the overarching goals of the NEL Integrated Care System, through improving outcomes for patients by ensuring better and fairer access and ensuring that services provided value for money, were resilient and collaborative. The priorities for the collaborative included programmes for planned care, urgent and emergency care, critical care, babies, children and young people, maternity care and cancer care.


Workforce and education across the three trusts would be reviewed, as well as informatics and digital work, with each of these programmes being led by a hospital or Trust Chief Executive. A shadow board had also been established, chaired by the Chair of the Homerton Hospital NHS Trust and with the Chair of BHRUT and Barts Health as the vice chair. As this moved out of shadow status, it would be able to consider how it could best engage with patients, as well as link to other NHS providers and the place-based work that was taking place as part of the development of the ICS.


As part of its programmes, the Shadow Board was also clear as to the need for measurable short-term improvements in patient care, particularly around clinical areas and how it could best demonstrate that the work that it was doing was bringing benefits to NEL patients, both in terms of their care and their experience of NEL, as well as how sustainable improvements in equity for NEL populations could be best delivered.


An Acute Clinical Strategy was in the process of being developed, which would also feed into the Integrated Care Strategy as outlined in item 6 of this agenda. Whilst the Strategy had been delayed, this was to take into account new ICS arrangements and learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic. Once prepared, the draft Acute Clinical Strategy would be presented to the Committee, as well as any proposals in terms of services for wider engagement. The agreed Strategy would also be subject to further engagement in terms of its future development.

In response to questions from Members, the Chair of BHRUT and Barts Health stated that she would be liaising with the chair in common of East London NHS Foundation Trust and North East London NHS Foundation Trust once appointed, with much work already being undertaken on a daily basis in regards to mental and physical health parity and joint working between mental health providers and emergency departments. Close working was already being implemented between the Trusts and primary care, which would continue to be built upon in the future.




Members are invited to suggest any items for the Joint Committee’s future work programme. Suggestions may also be made via the Clerk of the Committee at any time.


The Committee suggested receiving feedback from the Care Quality Commission’s report, to be integrated with feedback and complaints made across the hospitals within NEL, and the numbers of these complaints and how they were being dealt with, to provide an overall view on performance and outcomes for patients. The Committee also requested that the Integrated Care Strategy be presented to its 10 January 2023 meeting.