Agenda and minutes

Care, Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Bridges Room - Civic Centre

Contact: Helen Conway email 

No. Item


Minutes of last meeting pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The Committee are asked to approve the minutes of the last meetings held on 23 April 2019 and 16 May 2019 respectively

Additional documents:


The Committee agreed the minutes of the last meeting, held on 23 April 2019 as a correct record.


Constitution pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Report of the Chief Executive



The Constitution of the Committee and the appointment of the Chair and Vice Chair for the 2019/20 municipal year, as approved by the Council at its meeting on 17 May 2019 was noted.


Role and Remit pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Joint Report of the Chief Executive and the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance


The Role and Remit of the Care, Health and Wellbeing OSC was reported and noted.



That the information be noted



Briefing - Radiology Equipment Trinity Square, Gateshead pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Verbal update by Claire Coyne, Director of Clinical Support and Screening, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and Colin Smith, Newcastle Gateshead CCG (Briefing Attached)




The Committee received a briefing note and verbal update on the replacement of the Radiology Equipment at Trinity Square, Gateshead.



That the information be noted



Adult Social care and Public Health - Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives - End of Year Assessment of Performance and Delivery 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Report of the Strategic Director Care, Wellbeing and Learning

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report which provided the year end assessment of performance and delivery for the period 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 in relation to the Council’s Thrive agenda.


The report forms part of the Council’s performance management framework and give an overview of progress for the priorities appropriate to the remit of Care, Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC).


The Council’s new strategic approach Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives, was approved by Cabinet in March 2018 to ensure the Council continues to get the best outcomes for local people and remains a viable and sustainable organisation in the future.


Committee were advised at the meeting in December 2018, that a review of the strategic indicators has been undertaken to ensure their appropriateness in measuring performance relating to the Thrive agenda.


The current strategic indicators were reviewed in January 2019 to ensure they continue to be appropriate in measuring performance in respect of the Thrive agenda. 1 new indicator was identified and is identified in appendix 1 (appended to the main report). The new indicator will be incorporated into the first report of the 2019/20 cycle. The service proposed further review and refinement of the strategic indicators during the year, in light of the development of the CWL Strategic Priorities set out in Appendix 2 (appended to the main report)




That the information be noted



The Committee endorsed that the activities undertaken during the period October 2018 to March 2019 were supporting delivery of the Thrive agenda.



The Committee agreed that the report be referred to Cabinet on 16 July 2019.



OSC Review: Suicide, Every Life Matters, Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 197 KB

Report of the Director of Public Health


The Committee received the scoping report outlining the process to be undertaken for the review of Suicide in Gateshead, entitled ‘Suicide, Every Life Matters’, agreed in the annual work programme for 2019/20.


The report describes the process for taking the proposed review forward and the evidence that will be considered. It seeks the support of the OSC committee over the coming year to consider the context of suicide from a local, regional and national perspective and to agree a local way forward for Gateshead. To support their scrutiny of the topic the committee will hear from those working to address suicide in Gateshead and further afield, sharing their experience and knowledge on the issue.


It is proposed that the review will take place over a ten-month period from 25 June 2019 to 21 April 2020. It will involve the presentation of expert evidence, research and Experts by Experience.


The process and timescale was presented to the Committee as an appendix to the main report.




That the information be noted



The Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed the scope, process and timescale as set out in the report.



Annual Work Programme pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Joint Report of the Chief Executive and the Strategic Director of Corporate Services and Governance

Additional documents:


The Committee received the provisional work programme for the municipal year 2019/20.


The work programme was endorsed at the meeting held on 23 April 2019 and Councillors have agreed that further reports will be brought to future meetings to highlight current issues/identify any changes/additions to this programme.


Appendix 1 (appended to the main report) sets out the work programme as it currently stands and highlights proposed changes to the work programme in bold and italics for ease of identification.




That the information be noted



That further reports on the work programme will be brought to Committee to identify any additional policy issues, which the Committee may be asked to consider.



Deciding Together - Progress Update

Presentation by representatives of Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust


The Committee received a presentation by representatives from Northumberland Tyne and Wear (NTW) NHS Foundation Trust outlining progress on the implementation of ‘Deciding Together – Delivering Together”


It was highlighted that implementation had focused on the following priorities

·         Access to mental health services, and making this more streamlined and easier to navigate including the development of a safe haven hub

·         Redesign of mental health inpatient beds in accordance with decisions made through the Deciding Together consultation

·         Availability of short-term non-hospital crisis beds for Gateshead residents (this service is already available to Newcastle residents)

·         Developing services for older people and ensure physical health, mental health and social care needs are met. Include a more integrated approach when responding to crisis situations

·         Strengthen and improve the community-based services


The Committee was advised that, as a result work around Urgent and Emergency response, considering gaps identified in current services, is being developed through CCG led group. Mental Health and Learning Disability Service Directories are also being developed and work is also taking place with Our Gateshead and Information Now in Newcastle who host news, events and regular activities by groups and organisations across the area, to include information on NTW’s Mental Health and Learning Disability NHS services. Mental Health Concerns (MHC) are also working with their core partners on the provision of non - hospital crisis beds in Swalwell, Gateshead and these should be available soon.


The Committee was informed that work around urgent and emergency response for older people in crisis is being developed through a CCG led group to reflect the different commissioning arrangements in each locality. Continued work is also taking place across pathways to prevent / reduce admissions /promote effective discharge.


Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has also recently completed a major refurbishment of its inpatient facilities for people with cognitive conditions.


Work has also been taking place to reduce waiting times for Adult Mental Health community assessment and treatment; develop a mental and physical wellbeing pathway for people who are on long-term medication and a step- up hub which prevents people from getting worse and needing support from the crisis team.


A buddy system for care co-ordinators is also being developed providing continuity for people if their care coordinator is on holiday or not available. Recovery clinics are also being established to support people to prevent relapse, manage their medication, manage their long - term mental health conditions and help to prepare for being discharged from the team. Improved links with primary care and the local authority are also being created and further development work is planned. The Trust is also looking to work more closely with GPs around accessibility to mental health services as part of the longer- term planning in community.


In terms of the redesign of mental health beds the Trust has been successful in gaining £54m in public funding to improve buildings and the estate within secure care services (Northgate site) and the development of a state-of-the-art adult acute care facilities on the St.  ...  view the full minutes text for item CHW146