Venue: Room 10 - Town Hall
Contact: Mrs KM Howard 01744 67(6106)
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Baines, CD Banks, Bell, Gill, Pearson, Wiseman and Mrs Brenda Smith.
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 March 2018, be approved and signed.
Declarations of Interest from Members
No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.
Collaborative Working with the Voluntary Sector
· Sally Yeoman, Chief Executive, Halton and St Helens VCA and Phillip Fell, Senior Leader, Christian Life Centre have been invited to attend the meeting.
meeting of this Panel held on 5 March 2018, Members received a
report from the Cabinet Member, Adult Social Care and Health and
Assistant Director, Quality and Finance which gave the Panel an
overview on the contribution of the Voluntary Sector and Faith
Sector in supporting residents and communities within St
Following this report the Panel requested that representatives from the Voluntary and Community Action (VCA) and Faith Sector be invited to the Panel.
Sally Yeoman, Chief Executive, Halton and St Helens VCA and Phillip Fell, Senior Leader, Christian Life Centre verbally reported on Collaborative Working with the Voluntary Sector.
The Panel was provided with information that detailed the background of the work of the voluntary sector in St Helens, including examples of voluntary organisations and community projects and the scope of the voluntary sector involvement together with an outline of voluntary sector approaches.
The Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action ‘Let’s Consider…grass roots voluntary and community action in St Helens’ booklet, and a leaflet that detailed Voluntary and Community Action in St Helens, were tabled for Members.
Members raised questions which were answered at the meeting in relation to referral/support systems into the voluntary sector and engagement with the armed forces sector.
Discussion also took place in relation to determining opportunities for future Council support/partnership working through awareness raising exercises of voluntary sector activities within each ward.
The Panel considered this could be facilitated through scrutiny work outside of this meeting to determine voluntary sector activities within each Ward, and arranging visits to view the work and support being provided.
A copy of the presentation that had been delivered at the meeting was requested, and the Panel considered that it would be beneficial for the ‘Let’s Consider…grass roots voluntary and community action in St Helens’ booklet be issued to each Elected Member.
(1) the verbal report be noted;
(2) the Chief Executive, Halton and St Helens VCA and Senior Leader, Christian Life Centre be thanked for their attendance at the meeting;
(3) a copy of the presentation be issued to the Panel which outlined the background and support provided by the voluntary sector;
(4) a copy of the ‘Let’s Consider…grass roots voluntary and community action in St Helens’ booklet be issued to each Elected Member;
(5) a piece of scrutiny work to be undertaken to determine voluntary sector activities within each Ward, and appropriate visits be arranged to observe the work and support being provided by organisations within this sector; and
(6) further updates in relation to collaborative working within the voluntary sector would be considered at future meetings of this Panel.
· Diane Bolton-Maggs, Locum Consultant, Public Health had been invited to attend the meeting.
A report was presented on the Screening and Immunisation Programme within St Helens.
The report had been presented to NHS St Helens CCG Quality & Performance
Committee held in March 2018 to provide an update on primary care performance in Screening and Immunisation programmes in St Helens and was presented for the Panel’s information.
The Panel were provided with an update in respect of the seasonal influenza programme which included the key focus of the 2017/18 season and a performance statement in relation to the immunisation of children and young people.
Members raised questions which were answered at the meeting in relation to recent campaigns aiming to increase the rate of influenza vaccinations.
Resolved that the report be noted.
Update from Healthwatch
A verbal report was given to Members by Healthwatch Manager, Jayne Parkinson-Loftus, to update them on the work of Healthwatch.
Members were informed of recent successful events that had taken place and also of recent changes involving the responsibilities for NHS independent advocacy complaints.
There were also upcoming events on 5 June 2018 (12.30pm – 4.00pm) entitled ‘Right Choices’ concerning public decision making and attendance when it came to dealing with personal illness and injury, and of a forthcoming Mental Health listening event.
* Resolved that the verbal report be noted.
The Chairman presented the report on Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel Work Programme Update 2017/18.
The report detailed the work undertaken by the Task and Finished Group Looking at Mental Health Services and the Formal Scrutiny Panel Work undertaken which included; St Helens Cares, Integrated Working with the CCG, Suicide Prevention, E-Cigs Use and Impact, Support for Adult Carers, National Diabetes Prevention Programme, Sexual Health of Young Men, Adult Safeguarding Board and Review of Procedures of Lower Clinical Priority (PLCP).
* Resolved that the report be noted.