Agenda and minutes

People's Board - Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 2.30 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Mrs KM Howard 

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from: Councillor Grunewald, Colin Scales, Sarah Bullock, Sue Hill, Dr Michael Ejuoneatse, Mike Wyatt, Ann Marr, Sarah O’Brien and Stephen Tracey.



Minutes from the Meeting held on 22 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 86 KB


*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2017, be approved and signed subject to the following amendment:


Removal of Julie Abbot as present at the meeting and inclusion of her apologies in Minute 31.


The Director of Public Health and the Medical Director, 5 Borough Partnership NHS Foundation Trust updated the Board on the Council’s Policy regarding the use of
E-Cigarettes and the use of E-Cigarettes in the Private Care Sector respectively.

It was noted that an update report would be presented to Board in July 2018.




Declarations of Interest


No Declarations of Interest from Member were made.


Review of Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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The Chief Executive, St Helens Council presented the report on the Review of Terms of Reference.

At a meeting of this Board held on 13 March 2017, it was agreed that a review of the Board’s Terms of Reference be undertaken after a year of operation.


As part of the review, Members of the Board, Chairs of Safeguarding Boards and the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Commission were consulted. The report outlined the feedback from consultation and proposed a number of changes to the terms of reference as a result of the responses received.


The Membership and Terms of Reference, St Helens Peoples Board revision 5 February 2018 and 27 June 2018, alongside a document visually tracking the proposed revisions was attached to the report at Appendices 1 to 3.

The report from the Chair of Safer Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel to the Chair of St Helens People’s Board dated 6 January 2018 were attached to the report at Appendix 4.


*           Resolved that:


(1)          the report be noted;

(2)          Council be recommended to approve and adopt the Terms of Reference for the St Helens People’s Board, as outlined in Appendix 1 of the report;

(3)          delegation be given to the Strategic Director/Accountable Officer People’s Services in consultation with the Chair and Deputy Chair of the People’s Board to make minor changes to the Terms of Reference and recommend these changes to Council; and

(4)          the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, or a Senior Representative of their Office, be invited to a become voting member of the Board.



Implementation of Universal Credit pdf icon PDF 122 KB


The Director of Public Health presented a report on the Implementation of Universal Credit.

The report advised the Board on the progress on implementation of Universal Credit to date, issues that had emerged during the first phase of implementation, the timetable for full implementation and the measures that the Council and partner organisations had put in place or will introduce to address the challenges identified.


Universal Credit was one element of a wider programme of welfare reform introduced by the Welfare Reform Act 2012.  It’s aim was to simplify the benefits system by bringing together six working age benefits (Legacy Benefits) into a single payment. This change would affect both workless and working households who maybe in receipt of these benefits. As a result a much wider range of households would be affected by the introduction of Universal Credit than by any other welfare reform measure introduced to date.

Whilst there had been widespread support for the principles underpinning the introduction of Universal Credit in trying to simplify the often complex benefits system, significant concerns had been identified during the implementation of the reforms. As a result, the Government announced a number of changes to mitigate the concerns that had been identified in its Autumn Budget Statement 2017. These were detailed in paragraph 3.3 of the report.


Universal Credit was implemented in St Helens in July 2014 on a limited basis and restricted to a small number of claimant groups. It was reported that the intention was for a full roll out of Universal Credit to all claimant groups in the Borough, with the exception of families with more than two children and those living in supported housing, to begin in July 2018. The migration of claimants to ‘Full Service’ Universal Credit was detailed in Paragraph 3.2.5 of the report.

The Board was informed of the work undertaken by the Council and Partner Organisations in preparing for the introduction of the Universal Credit Full Service; including the formation of a working group to look at digital provision, a Welfare Reform Operational Group considering local issues, reviewing arrangements and ensuring signposting of claimant to appropriate support services as required.

The differences and similarities between the ‘Live’ and ‘Full Service’ were attached to the report at Appendix 1 for the Board’s information.


*           Resolved that:


(1)          the report, including the progress on the implementation of Universal Credit since July 2014 and the timetable for a full roll out of Universal Credit across the Borough, be noted;

(2)          Key Partners using learning from localities already transferred to Universal Credit, be authorised to develop an Action Plan ahead of the step-change point in July; and

(3)          a six month progress report be presented to this Board following the full implementation of Universal Credit in the Borough.



St Helens Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2107/2020 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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The Assistant Director, Children's Social Work Support presented the report on St Helens Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2017/2020. It was noted that the report and appendices should read ‘2017/2021’.

It was a statutory requirement of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to produce an annual Community Safety Strategic Assessment (Crime and Disorder Act 1998). The legislation required agencies to deliver a partnership approach to protect local communities from crime and disorder as well as helping people to feel safer.

The Strategic Assessment provided information and data at both a national and local level on issues of crime and disorder and aims to identify and reduce incidents of crime across the borough.

The key issues identified in the report were:


(a)          the five priorities set by the PCC in the current PCC plan, 2017-2021;

(b)          the implementation of the Community First Model of Policing. This model reviewed existing geographical police boundaries as well as centralising a number of resources and departments;

(c)          the need for a strong partnership approach in delivering PCC and locally defined priorities; and

(d)          an analysis of the national and local context in terms of recorded crime, identifying key areas to be incorporated into the Local Crime and Disorder Strategy.


The identified priorities were reported as: Knife Crime, Domestic Abuse, Homelessness, Child Sexual Exploitation, Acquisitive Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour, Hate Crime, with additional inclusion of Road Traffic and the Prevent Strategy.


The Board was informed that work was also in progress to develop the St Helens Local Crime and Disorder Strategy (as required under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998). It was reported that this strategy would be brought to a future meeting of the Board alongside the Prevent Strategy document.


The St Helens Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2017/2021 was attached to the report at Appendix 1.


It was proposed that consideration be given to the inclusion of crime linked statistics from the Fire and Rescue Service (e.g. Antisocial Behaviour Firesetting) to further enhance reporting and analysis.


*           Resolved that:


(1)          the report, including the Strategic Assessment 2017/2021 attached at Appendix 1, be noted; and


(2)          once developed, the St Helens Local Crime and Disorder Strategy be presented to a future meeting of the Board.



Joint Agency Groups (JAGs) pdf icon PDF 64 KB


The Local Policing Commander, Merseyside Police presented the report on Joint Agency Groups (JAGs).


In August 2017, the Council unveiled its ambitious vision for the transformation of the Town Centre. Key to the success of this vision was the discouragement of crime and disorder and enhancement of confidence levels. The report proposed that this objective may be achieved through the formation of a Joint Agency Group(s) (JAG(s)).

JAGs were first created in Liverpool in 2002, under the Crime and Disorder Partnership (CDRP) in response to an increasing pattern of robberies in the City.


Previously Liverpool, alongside the rest of the country, had been engaged in inter agency collaborations in an attempt to reduce crime, in which various organisations shared limited information and activities. Through the formation of a JAG, Liverpool moved to intra agency collaborations, in which teams formed from different disciplines work together on a more permanent basis to resolve specific challenges.


The development of a JAG within Liverpool was an effective approach, which significantly reduced robberies in Liverpool in both the short and long term. The success of the initial JAG led to the formation of a range of other JAGs and informed the way in which offending was combatted across the country.


It was proposed that the Board look to set up a JAG to reflect the communities that were effected by various types of offending, in this case include licenses, retailers and the wider business communities.

The report proposed that the Membership of the Group comprised of; representatives of a range of professional agencies (including Police, Probation, Social and Youth Services, the Town Centre Management Team), along with local Councillors and representatives of local Community Groups.

The Board was informed that a workshop had been held prior to this meeting to discuss the potential membership, objectives and focus for the JAG. The following four priorities had been proposed for focus initially in the Town Centre: Drug paraphernalia and Commercial Waste, Youth Disorder, Homelessness and Night-Time Economy.


It was noted by the Board that a full resource plan and terms of reference would need to be developed upon any decision to create a JAG.


*           Resolved that:


(1)          the report and verbal update be noted; and

(2)          the formation of a Joint Agency Group to focus initially on the Town Centre be endorsed.



Update on Knife Crime - Verbal Report


The Local Policing Commander, Louise Harrison gave a verbal update to the Board on Knife Crime.


It was reported that following successful targeting of knife crime through Police Operations; Ginny and Sector, plain clothing patrols around the Town Centre and knife sweeps being undertaken in known locations for ASB and disorder there had been a noticeable reduction in knife crime, with no reported incidents over the last couple of months.


The Assistant Director, Children's Social Work Support reported on the peer to peer education sessions delivered by the Young Advisors which aimed to engage other young people in peer conversations and informal education on knife crime.

The Board was informed that following the formation of multi-agency task group a collaborative approach to address knife crime with a focus on young people had been undertaken. The core function of the group was in to ensure that all young people aged 10 upwards had an awareness of the risks and consequences of carrying a knife.


*           Resolved that the verbal update be noted.



Progress in Implementing Integrated Local Care System, St Helens Cares pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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The Senior Assistant Director, Quality and Finance presented a report which updated the Board on Progress on Implementing the St Helens Cares Integrated Local Care System.


It was reported that since the last update to the Board a number of key milestones had been achieved, significant ones included:


·         the creation and recruitment to a Joint post of Strategic Executive Director People’s Services and Accountable Officer of the CCG;

·         the development of a Lead Provider model;

·         approval to procure a Shared Care Record; and

·         significant progress on implementing the St Helens Cares Target Operating model.


The report also updated the Board on progress within the Target Operating Model, which included information on the following areas:

·         Workstream One – Early Intervention and Prevention;

·         Workstream Two – Front Door, ‘Single Point of Access’;

·         Workstream Three – Primary and Care Management and Co-Ordination;

·         Communications and Engagement; and

·         Clinical Reference Group.


In recognition of the innovative ‘whole system’ approach which was of potentially national significance, St Helens Cares had entered a submission to the Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards. The Submission was attached to the report at Appendix 1.


It was acknowledged now that the care model had progressed significantly that work should be undertaken to look for ways that the third sector network could be utilised to support the St Helens Cares model.


*           Resolved that the report be noted.


It was reported that this was Louise Sell’s last Board meeting. Special thanks were given to her and a presentation made on behalf of the People’s Board in recognition of her work with the Board and its Partners.

On behalf of the Board the Chair wished her well in her future ventures.



Clinical and Support Strategy pdf icon PDF 374 KB

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The Senior Assistant Director, Quality and Finance presented the report on the Clinical and Support Strategy.


This strategy built upon the positive progress made by Partners in St Helens in integrating services through genuine collaboration and outlined how clinical and other social community and wellbeing services would operate across the four St Helens Localities; North, South, Central and Newton and Haydock.


The report detailed the vision for the Borough, the agreed strategic outcomes and associated ‘I statements’, the shared principles within which partners operate and a thorough examination of the St Helens circle, demonstrating how localities will be served by a range of services in order to help achieve the vision and strategic outcomes which
St Helens aspires to.

Comments from Partners following consideration of the Clinical and Support Strategy were invited by the Strategic Director of People’s Services.

*           Resolved that:


(1)          the report be noted; and

(2)          feedback on the strategy from Partners be directed to the Strategic Director, People's Services.



Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018 - 21 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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The Director of Public Health presented the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-2021.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) was a statutory document required every three years that assessed and stated the pharmacy needs of the local population. The PNA described the community pharmacies in a local area, how these services were currently being delivered and what the current and potential need was for pharmacy services.

The document was then be used as the framework for making decisions when granting new contracts and approving changes to existing contracts, as well as for commissioning pharmacy services in St Helens.

It was reported that a new PNA had been required of St Helens from April 2018; in response to this the report was developed by a steering group with a range of stakeholders to ensure the information was accurate and up to date. The Board noted that consultation on this document had been undertaken from 5 October to 8 December 2017 with responses considered.

The key findings of the report were that St Helens had 29 pharmacy contractors, operating out of 45 community pharmacy premises; this equated to approximately one pharmacy for every 3,781 residents. This compared with an England average of 4,687 people per pharmacy.

Following assessment, access to pharmacy services was considered adequate, and the locations of pharmacies in the Borough matched areas of higher population density or high footfall.

The Board noted that the number of pharmacies had changed over the period of production of the PNA (with figures correct to February 2018) and that the findings of this report would be regularly reviewed over the course of this assessment period. If needs or provision were found to have changed enough to amend the report recommendations, the new evidence and findings would be published as a supplementary statement.


The St Helens Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-2021 was attached to the report at appendix 1.


*           Resolved that:


(1)                the report be noted; and

(2)          the St Helens Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment report (PNA)
2018- 2021 be approved for publication.



Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 2.30pm in Room 10, Town Hall.


Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 2.30pm in Room 10, St Helens Town Hall.


The Chief Executive, St Helens Council reported that at its meeting held on 21 February 2018, Cabinet had requested that the Board consider the Ending Domestic Abuse St Helens Strategy including the evidence base, to ensure that it was robust in informing the Borough approach to Domestic Violence.


As a result of this request, the report would be brought to the 6 June 2018 meeting.