Agenda and minutes

Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Board - Friday, 16th July, 2021 9.00 am

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Susan Craig, Martin Gannon, Gary Haley and Bernadette Oliphant, Nicola Allen, Andrew Beeby, Jackie Bilclifff, John Costello, James Duncan, Lisa Goodwin and Alice Wiseman


Minutes pdf icon PDF 208 KB

The minutes of the business meeting held on 11th June 2021 and Action List are attached for approval.

Additional documents:


RESOLVED -            That minutes of the last meeting of the Board held on 11                                June 2021 be approved as a correct record.


The Board also received an update on items contained within the Action List.


Declarations of Interest

Members of the Board to declare an interest in any particular agenda item.


There were no declarations of interest.


Gateshead Integrated Team Working


The Board received a joint presentation on Gateshead Integrated Team Working.


This covered:


·         Gateshead Health and Care System – ‘Gateshead Cares’

·         Placed Based Partnerships

·         Potential Governance Model

·         Primary Care and PCN Input

·         Gateshead PCN Support Infrastructure

·         Details of the Gateshead Integrated Team

·         The Integrated Team priorities for 2021/22

·         Place-based joint posts and details of further joint appointments

·         Local authority commissioning

·         Gateshead’s vision for mental health, the progress to date and the next steps

·         Quality Assurance Service

·         The Safeguarding Children Unit and Family Drug and Alcohol Team

·         Transformation of Older Persons Care Homes

·         Children, Young People and Families overview

·         Gateshead Delivery Team

·         Transformation, System Resilience and EPRR role


RESOLVED –           That the information be noted.


Gateshead Health & Care System Update


The Board was advised that there were no further issues to add to the information shared as part of the presentation on the previous agenda item.


RESOLVED -            That the information be noted.


Review of the Role and Membership of the Health & Wellbeing Board: Part 2 Discussion pdf icon PDF 279 KB




That consideration of this item be deferred until the next meeting.



Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 813 KB


COVID 19 – Cases and Vaccine Update


The Board received a presentation on the number of cases, testing, vaccinations and QE Hospital admissions and death for the Borough and how this compared regionally.


Covid 19 - Response Update and Assessment of its impact on Communities – Baseline Assessment


The Board received a report on the impact of COVID and the importance of understanding the needs of communities within Gateshead. The report provided a cumulative summary of COVID-19 in Gateshead and analysed its impact to date locally.  It was based on data (although the hard evidence of impact remained limited as many relevant datasets would not be published for many months), the experiences and views of Council staff who had been involved in the response to COVID, and stories illustrating the experience of local residents.  


This analysis was built around the Health and Wellbeing strategy themes and was followed by suggestions of key issues the Council may need to focus on as we lead the recovery in Gateshead.


The impact of COVID has been felt across Gateshead, but it can be anticipated that as more data becomes available the hard evidence of this will be more clearly seen.  It is considered, for example from the experience of hubs, that whilst the whole community has felt the effects of COVID, it will be places with the greatest numbers of vulnerable residents and the highest needs that will have shouldered the greatest burden of harm, further exacerbating the inequalities within the Borough and its position relative to the country as a whole.  The Gateshead system’s focus on ‘place’ will be crucial moving forward.


A number of priority areas for action emerge from the baseline analysis. The over-riding one of these is action on poverty and the importance of services that provide advice and support to those in the communities of place and interest who have been most affected by the pandemic. Without sufficient income people cannot satisfy their basic needs for food and shelter. 


One group where such support will be crucial is families with children, as demonstrated by the increase in demand on the Council’s early help children’s services.


The clear message from the work of the Poverty Truth Commission, the insight around universal credit’s impact and the day-to-day work of partners and services with local people, highlights the need to find ways to work alongside our community and develop a participatory leadership model that allows local people to truly influence future direction and policy for their local area.


Continued investment is needed to meet rapidly growing demand for digital services and ways of working whilst recognising that there remain parts of our community for whom this will not be appropriate. 


The long-term consequences of the pandemic for the health of the local population will also take time to become clear, but action on mental health and behaviours including alcohol consumption, smoking and physical activity would be early areas to address.  However, it is impossible to untangle the community’s health from  ...  view the full minutes text for item HW277


Updates from Board Members


No issues were raised by the Board’s members.




There were no other items of business raised at the meeting.