Agenda and minutes

Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 1.30 pm

Venue: Bridges Room - Civic Centre

Contact: Melvyn Mallam-Churchill - E-mail 

No. Item


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Buckley, Caffrey, McMaster, Mullen and Weatherley.


Minutes of last meeting pdf icon PDF 90 KB

The Committee is asked to approve as a correct record the minutes of the last meeting held on X


The minutes of the last meeting held on 18 October 2018 were agreed as a correct record.


Children and Young People Mental Health & Wellbeing Services pdf icon PDF 963 KB

Report of Chris Piercy, Executive Director of Nursing, Patient Safety & Quality


The Committee received a report and presentation to provide an update on the delivery of Children, Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Gateshead.


An overview of the case for change was provided noting that the new model for service delivery assumes a conversion rate into treatment of 80% with the capacity required at “Getting Help” to be developed.


It was noted that current investment into the service is £7.4m (which included a £180k contribution from the local authority). Additionally, it was highlighted that there is a high level of referral and re-referrals to other services, long waiting times and too few completing therapy.


From the presentation the Committee were advised that there is significant evidence to support the need for change. A summary of prevalence among the 0-18 population in Newcastle and Gateshead was provided via a diagram illustrating that around 69k of the population are ‘coping’ through to just 69 able to manage risk.


It was noted that just under 1 in 10 children aged 5 to 16 will have some form of poor mental health with the most prevalent condition being emotional disorders. From the presentation an overview of the Gateshead Health Related Behaviour Survey (HRBS) was also provided noting that about a quarter of year 10 girls have high self-esteem compared with more than half of year 8 boys. It was further noted that families are the most popular source of support for both boys and girls but 1 in 10 said they didn’t know if they had an adult they could trust.


The Committee were provided with a chart of Gateshead CCG CYPS referrals from April 2017 to September 2018, CYPS waiting times for the same period and EWT referrals. An overview of waiting times for this period was also provided showing an increase in days of referral to treatment.


From the report a summary of Gateshead Kooth was provided. The Committee were advised that Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people. It was noted that there have been 246 registrations since Kooth was launched with an average of 300 logins per month from Gateshead.


From the presentation the Committee were provided with information regarding the proposed changes to services. An overview of the Whole Systems Model was provided and illustrated via a chart within the report and presentation. The Committee were also provided with an overview of third sector service providers including Kalmer Counselling Services and Barnardo’s. The Committee were also provided with information on the THRIVE based service model illustrating the ‘prevention and promotion’ model and the ‘thriving’ model.


It was noted from the presentation that the way forward is for a single point of access for front door advice with assessment and treatment from the right service when it is needed. The Committee were advised that the single point of access model will ensure a better experience for referrers and provide timely interventions for children. It was also noted that having a single point of access  ...  view the full minutes text for item F82


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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

Additional documents:


The Committee received the Work Programme report which sets out the provisional programme for the Committee for the year 2018/19.



(i)            The Committee noted the contents of the Work Programme report and appendix.