Agenda and minutes

People's Board - Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 2.30 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Mrs KM Howard 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Helen Fitzgerald, Phil Garrigan, Kevin Hardy, Tom Knight and Colin Scales.


Minutes from the Meeting held on 6 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 92 KB


*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2018, be approved and signed.


Declarations of Interest


No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.


Governance of The People's Board pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Additional documents:


The Director of Public Health presented the report on the Governance of the People’s Board.


The People’s Board has been established following a review of the

Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Community Safety Partnership and incorporated the statutory responsibilities under a single structure in order to maximise effectiveness of the partnership.


The Terms of Reference were agreed by the Board in March 2018; however they did not specify a forward plan for the Board nor the structures that would report to the Board. In order to develop a systematic approach to dealing with issues arising from Health and Social Care and Community Safety, it was proposed that a number of existing Boards/Meetings should formally report to the People’s Board.


It was proposed that the following themes/area of reporting for the People’s Board be adopted:


·         Safeguarding;

·         St Helens Cares;

·         Community Safety;

·         The Heath Protection; and

·         Youth Justice Board.


In order to create a Board where there is space for collective discussion, the report also proposed that the Board consider moving from an open Board to a two part Board.


*           Resolved that:

(1)        the report be noted;

(2)        the new Governance Structure and way of working for the People’s Board be approved; 


(3)        the Governance Structure, as approved, be reviewed in 12 months’ time; and

(4)        the current forward plan for the People’s Board be noted and approved.


Suicide Prevention Partnership Action Plan pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:


The Director of Public Health presented the report on Suicide Prevention Partnership Action Plan.


Suicide Prevention is a key requirement in the five year forward view for Mental Health and is a specific stream of work locally under the Mental Health Partnership Board and a priority for this Board.


St Helens has established a multi-agency Suicide Prevention Partnership. The partnership is led by Public Health and includes representation from the St Helens Council, St Helens CCG, Northwest Boroughs, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust, Primary Care, Healthy Living Team, Police, Fire & Rescue, Probation and voluntary sector organisations such as Amparo and the Samaritans.


The Suicide Prevention Action Plan was a partnership action that built upon the local intelligence and has been developed in line with national guidance for suicide prevention, and it took account of the priorities identified in the Cheshire and

Merseyside ‘No More’ Zero Suicide Strategy.


The Board was informed that Zero suicide was the collective ambition for St Helens and focused on four priority themes of the /No More’ Strategy which were:


·         Preventions;

·         Safer Care;

·         Support after Bereavement from Suicide; and

·         Intelligence.


The draft St Helens Suicide Prevention 2017/18 action plan was attached to the report at Appendix 1.


Board Members were informed of free suicide prevention and awareness e-training hosted by Zero Suicide Alliance which could be accessed via and of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Support and sign posting hosted on the Council’s website


The Board discussed the Action Plan and a suggestion was made that the high risk group; adolescences needed to be a focus of the action plan. Questions were answered on how this plan differed from past approaches which had not been successful and if the plan had been developed drawing on experiences and best practices from other areas of the UK.


*           Resolved that:


(1)   the Report be noted; and

(2)   the Suicide Prevention Partnership Action Plan be endorsed.


Merseyside Knife Crime Strategy Outcomes Framework pdf icon PDF 333 KB

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The Local Policing Superintendent, Louise Harrison gave a verbal report and presentation to the Board on Merseyside Knife Crime Strategy Outcomes Framework.


The overall objective of the framework was to develop methods of collecting and analysing meaningful information between partner agencies to reduce knife related incidents in Merseyside.


Five keys elements were identified in order to achieve the overall objective:


·         Portfolio of methods for gathering information;

·         Less knife possession and related incidents in Merseyside;

·         Jointly agreed response;

·         Less knife related injuries and offences; and

·         Improved Community confidence.


A visual of the Objective and key elements was screened for the Board’s information.


The Board was informed each of the five force areas had been designated to undertake one of the five elements to feed into the development of an overall strategy to meet the objective.

It was reported that St Helen’s Police Services designated element was ‘Jointly Agreed Response’ this included developing a joint communication plan, a data set and agree an information sharing platform. The Board was informed that work was already underway with Partners to achieve the targets.


*           Resolved that the verbal report be noted.




The Strategic Director People's Services & Clinical Accountable Officer gave a presentation to the Board on Pause.

Pause was an initiative which worked with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. Through an intense programme of support, it aimed to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to reflect, tackle destructive patterns of behaviour, and to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.


The presentation detailed the following:-


·         What is Pause?

·         Pause St Helens;

·         Initial Cohort Presenting Issues;

·         Pause Approach;

·         The Integrated Model;

·         Pause: Timeline of Support;

·         The Pause Effect;

·         What Are We Learning?

·         Improved Outcomes for Women;

·         Women;

·         Sam’s Voice; and

·         Pause St Helens Contact Details.


The Board discussed Pause, noting that it was currently an initiative pilot with a one off limited funding and a focus on a selective small cohort of women. It was proposed that Pause could look to link up with St Helens women's mental health charity, Chrysalis Centre of Change.


*           Resolved that:


(1)          the presentation be noted; and


(2)        an update on Pause be brought to a future meeting of the Board.



Progress in Implementing the Integrated Local Care System, St Helens Cares pdf icon PDF 104 KB


The Strategic Director People's Services & Clinical Accountable Officer presented the report on the Progress in Implementing the Integrated Local Care System, St Helens Cares.


Since the Boards previous update a number of key milestones had been achieved in the implementation of the Local Care System, these included:

·         The implementation of the next phase of St Helens Integrated People’s Services, bringing together the CCG and St. Helens Council People’s Services;

·         Distribution and implementation of the St Helens Cares clinical and support strategy, which includes clarity on the Localities Model;

·         Continued work to deliver the Lead Provider model; and

·         National recognition at the Municipal Journal awards of the success of the
St Helens Cares approach


The Board was informed with regards to developing a Lead Provider Model, the CCG and the Council had appointed Hill Dickenson solicitors to progress negotiations with the aim of having the first iteration of an integrated contract in place by October 2018.

A Governance framework and ‘Provider Board’ is being developed which would have shared accountability across providers. This would report into the St Helens Cares Executive Board.


The report also outlined the Target Operating Model, which included information on the following areas:


·         Work Stream 1 – Early Intervention and Prevention;

·         Work Stream 2 – Contact Cares (Front Door);

·         Work Stream 3 – Primary and Care Management and Co-Ordination;

·         Work Stream 4 – Urgent and Crisis Care;

·         Communications and Engagement; and

·         St Helens Cares Executive Board Membership.


The Board was informed of a successful bid to the Cheshire and Merseyside for Transitional funding for one year’s funding to develop and implement a Transitional bed scheme to support the reduction in secondary care beds demand through an alternative community based integrated provision.


The Board was also informed of the submission to the Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards in the Care and Health Integration category where
St Helens Cares had been announced as the category winner.


Questions were raised and answered by the Strategic Director People's Services & Clinical Accountable Officer regarding accessing the front door model on behalf of a user and how and when the Lead Provider Model and Provider Forum would link into the third sector.


*           Resolved that the update report be noted.


Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Annual Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 812 KB

·         Steve Atkinson, LSCB Chair has been invited to attend the meeting.

Additional documents:


The Independent Chair of the St Helens Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB), Steve Atkinson was present at the meeting to present the LSCB Annual Report 2017/18.


The presentation detailed the following:


·         Challenges;

·         Highlights;

·         New Structure and Integration; and

·         The Future.


The St Helens Safeguarding Children Board Annual report 2017-18 and appendices were attached to the report for the Board’s information.


The Strategic Director People's Services & Clinical Accountable Officer made the Board aware of the recently updated statutory guidance from the Department of Education on Working Together to Safeguard Children and accompanying transitional arrangements and importance of continuing to working closely with the schools to continue to strengthen the safeguarding of children was acknowledged by the Board.


*           Resolved that the LSCB Annual Report 2017/18 be noted.



Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 2.30pm in Room 10, Town Hall.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 2.30pm at Room 10, Town Hall