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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
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To agree as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 7 January 2020 (attached) and to authorise the Chairman to sign them.
The minutes of the meeting of
the Sub-Committee held on 7th January 2020 were agreed
as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Attached for noting by the Sub-Committee.
The Sub-Committee noted the virtual meetings protocol.
The Chair asked for an update on the Healthy Child Programme from Claire Alp, Senior Public Health Specialist. The panel were informed that the Healthy Child Programme had undertaken a procurement exercise to commission a new contract. It was also explained that Covid-19 had impacted its delivery and mobilisation.The presentation provided Members with an update on how the services were impacted by Covid-19 and the plans going forward.
The two services - Health Visiting and the School
Nursing service under the Healthy Child Programme had previously
been commissioned separately. Carrying out the various checks such
as Antenatal check, new birth visit, 6-8 week check, 12-month check
and the 2-2 ½ year review, it then enabled various health
reviews and assessments to be made as well as informed support and
service to be offered to family and children.
A service review carried out by the healthy child programme highlighted work around healthcare plans and training as well as and safeguarding as key demands on staff time. The officers highlighted they will look at how to take this forward.
The Annual Value of the previous 5-year contract was £2.595m; officers informed the Members that approval for additional funding was obtained ahead of going out to procure. The procurement exercise which started in May 2019 following the negotiated procurement route which enabled discussion and agreement around the uses of the additional funding in terms of providing delivery outcomes by the service moving forward.
In November 2019 Cabinet had approved the award of the 5 year contract with a potential two-year extension to NELFT - the incumbent provider,. Cabinet had also approved the additional investment in the 0-5 year element.
The new contract had commenced as of the
1st of April 2020 and the mobilisation phase plans
leading up to this included staff recruitment, preparation for
additional service delivery and finalising outcomes
measures and performance reporting
Further national guidance published in June outlined priorities for restoration some of which are on hold e.g. the National Child Measurement Programme will not be recommencing until ... view the full minutes text for item 28.
Officers advised that Covid-19 had affected of course services provided by the Trust. In mid-March BHRUT was faced with challenges of how to keep patient and staff safe physically and mentally as the focus turned to providing support for Covid. The Trust had suspended all but the most important services in its hospitals and quickly moved the most vulnerable e.g. trauma care and cancer patients to the independent sector which had worked well.
Virtual clinics worked well as the Trust converted thousands of face-to-face appointments to virtual meetings. Re-deployment and re-training of staff had taken place to respond to Covid demands on the service.
Most services that were previously pulled back due to Covid had been configured differently in a phased way in line with the national Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance.
Due to the increased prevalence of Covid within the community the Trust was are building on the lessons learned and how it managed Covid alongside keeping other services running, managing and balancing this across the two hospitals. Covid had however impacted all types of performance.
Emergency Department performance had dropped to 63.44% and although the Trust had less attendances it had to segregate services and at one point had 25% staff sickness.
Attendances were now starting to increase for complex patients and added to this has been the capacity reduced since Covid in hospitals due to social distancing measures. Other measures to get back on track include same day care improvements, frailty unit set up at King George’s Hospital now being back open and a whole hospital improvement plan.
The Trust’s validated cancer performance had improved slightly in August and was expected to improve further in September.
Waiting lists had grown and BHRUT was working with partners to make sure it was using all capacity available. The national expectation for outpatient activity was to be back on track for 70% outpatient activity in September.
Insourcing was being used to manage the problems with 52 week waits. Cancer services would continue to be managed through the independent sector Current challenges included the capacity for swabbing and testing.
Q1 - Cllr Ciaran
White: What is the strategy to keep
A&E walk-ins low.
Answer: NHS has been asked to bid for money (mostly capital); BHRUThas put in separate bids for the two hospitals and hae been given £4-5 million for Queens Hospital.
Q3 - Cllr Nic Dodin: What is the position with the funding obtained for a new RAFTING System at King George Hospital?
Answer: The Rapid Assessment and Fast Treatment Area (RAFT) is in Queens however, this is not currently in place at King George. In terms of the activity the Trust did not currently compare this like for like across the ... view the full minutes text for item 29.
The Chairman asked Members which performance indicators they would like to consider. Towards the end of the last financial year the committee concluded that there were four areas of performance that Members wanted to regularly scrutinise including accident and emergency performance specifically the four hour access standard and indicators are around child and adult mental health services (CAMHS)
Other indicators selected included the percentage of antenatal checks completed by health visitors and then the proportion of 6-8 week reviews completed.
Councillor David Durant: As this will
affect the indicators, how long will GPs remain closed?
The Chair introduced Ian
Buckmaster, a Director of Healthwatch Havering. Ian introduced the
annual report of Healthwatch Havering. As the report year ended on
the 31st of March 2019, there will be little mention of
Highlights of the report included launching the Friends Network last year with a aell attended opening ceremony in the Council Chamber and assisting the CCG in their procurement of services for vulnerable people. In the course of the year Healthwatch Havering visited 16 care homes and GP practices. The impact of Covid meant these visits had ceased, we and surveys were being conducted instead for the present.
Goals for this year included increasing awareness about Healthwatch Havering’s role and purpose, increasing the number of users, increasing the organisation’s role in inspection reports as well as continuing to recruit and train members and staff.
Nearly all Healthwatch Havering’s income of almost £133,000 came from the Council. The biggest single spend was on staffing and the back office costs that go with this.
Q1 – Councillor David Durant: Will the impact of Covid be part of the Health Watch going forward e.g. on how it has affected the NHS.
Answer: Very much so and this will of course be covered in next year’s annual report. ,
This report invited Members to confirm nominations to the equivalent Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for Outer North East London and any meeting on a pan-London basis.
It was agreed that, in line with political proportionality rules, Councillors Patel, White and Dodin should be the Sub-Committee’s representatives on the Outer North East London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.
It was further agreed that Councillor Patel should be the Sub-Committee’s representative on any pan-London health scrutiny committee that may be established during the municipal year.
SUB-COMMITTEE'S WORK PLAN
Members are invited to suggest items for scrutiny as part of the Sub-Committee’s future work programme.
Further updates on performance updates on performance at BJHRUT were requested by the Sub-Committee.