Agenda and minutes

Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Board - Friday, 10th September, 2021 9.00 am

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Oliphant, Caroline O’Neill, Steph Downey, Andrew Beeby, Mark Adams and Steven Thomas.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 372 KB

The minutes of the business meeting held on 16 July 2021 and Action List are attached for approval

Additional documents:



(i)               The minutes of the last meeting held on 16 July 2021 were agreed 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.



(i)               There were no declarations of interest.



Gateshead Homelessness Review - Vicky Sibson pdf icon PDF 623 KB

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The Board received a report and presentation providing an update following completion of Phase 1 of the Homelessness Review.


From the report the Board were advised that a full analysis of needs and demands was carried out from information collated in homelessness assessments. It was also noted that the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy had set out a clear vision and action plan for each aim of the strategy.


It was reported that a Homelessness Charter had been developed; the Board were advised that the charter provided a commitment from a range of partners to collaborate and work together in tackling homelessness in Gateshead.


From the report, it was noted that a Homelessness Review had been conducted. It was highlighted that the review meets statutory requirements but also includes a broader review of accommodation and support available to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within Gateshead.


The Board questioned what support was available to individuals, particularly females, who were fleeing domestic violence. It was noted that mixed-gender supported accommodation is available but that more female-only accommodation was needed.


The Board acknowledged that both males and females can be victims of domestic abuse but that in some cases, female-only spaces would be most appropriate. The Board were advised that an analysis of needs would be conducted on a case-by-case basis and the most appropriate and available support would be put in place.


The Board were advised that a multi-agency approach is to be adopted to tackle homelessness with front end holistic support. The Board discussed the variety of complex needs faced by residents facing homelessness; it was also acknowledged that Council and partner budgets were already stretched due to the pandemic.


The Board noted concern about the Universal Credit reduction due in October; it was noted that this drop would put many families in severe hardship which would have an impact on Council and partner services.


The Board and partners agreed that they would work together to push forward the strategy. A summary of Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the strategy was also reported for the Board’s information.



(i)               The Board supported the next steps as reported in seeking approval for the final draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and the launch of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Charter in Gateshead.



Children and Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan 2021/22 - Catherine Richardson pdf icon PDF 2 MB


Review of the Role and Membership of the Health & Wellbeing Board: Part 2 Discussion - Alice Wiseman pdf icon PDF 274 KB


The Board received a report setting out options to inform follow-up discussions on the role, function and membership of the Health & Wellbeing Board.


It was noted from the report that the review was needed so that the Board is in the best place to take forward the key aims of the Health & Wellbeing Strategy and the recommendations of the DPH 2020 Annual Report on inequalities in Gateshead.


A discussion took place on potential representatives that would be appropriate members. It was suggested that an officer from housing services, economic development and Northumbria Police would be appropriate. The Board were also in agreement that any new representatives would need to be in an appropriately senior role and also in a position to take forward actions and make key decisions. A comment was also made that whilst new membership is needed, the number of members should be kept concise to ensure discussions are focused. The Board agreed that too many members would also hinder decision making.


Within the report, the Board were provided with four possible scenarios provided. It was noted that further discussion would be needed on who would provide input from primary care services following the  transfer of responsibilities from the CCG to the ICS.


The Board agreed that Scenario 4 was most appropriate to take forward which would provide for the expansion of the Board’s membership on the lines suggested and the establishment of a broad reference group of organisations that the Board can liaise with and draw upon in developing its response to key challenges linked to its areas of focus going forward.


It was also agreed that the position currently held for a representative from South Tyneside Council would be removed.



(i)               The Board noted the report and agreed that Scenario 4 was the best scenario to take forward.



Covid-19 Response & Vaccine Update - Alice Wiseman/Lynn Wilson


The Board received a presentation providing an update on the Covid-19 response and an update on vaccinations.


The Board were provided with an overview of the following:


Updated control framework and summer response

Gateshead cases

LA 7 cases for comparison

Gateshead vaccination uptake to 6 September 2021

Gateshead deaths and England deaths


A discussion took place on the proposals to vaccinate older children; the Board acknowledged that there was some public anxiety on this issue. It was also noted that local measures had been implemented in some schools nationally such as the reintroduction of face masks.


It was noted that many frontline workers, particularly within the NHS are facing daily challenges with supply chain delays in addition to dealing with abuse from members of the public. The Board noted that the threat of Covid on services was still real and that continued partnership work and open honest communication channels must continue.



(i)               The Board noted the contents of the presentation.



Gateshead Health & Care System Update - Mark Dornan/All


Updates from Board Members