Venue: Room 10
Contact: Mrs KM Howard
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Rachael Cleal, Gill Healy, Mike Palin and Sally Yeoman.
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2019 be
approved and signed, subject to the following amendment :-
Minute 44 paragraph 1 to read ‘Detective Chief Inspector Williams’.
Declarations of Interest
No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.
The Director of Public Health presented an update report on the second People’s Board Development Session that had taken place on 12 February 2019.
The February session had been a follow up to the session that had taken place on 8 January 2019. The first development day had focused on what had worked well and what could be improved on in relation to the People’s Board.
second development session had focused on the future priorities of
the Board and how the Board assesses its priorities and provided a
proposed framework for this. At the
session, a priority area was used to analyse how useful the
proposed framework was and with minor improvements it had been
agreed that it will now be used to assess the Board’s
The Board was informed that further analysis would be used to assess these areas against the prioritisation framework which had been appended to the report.
(1) the update be noted;
(2) a further update to agree the next steps in phase two be brought to the Board meeting scheduled for 5 June 2019; and
(3) a Summit be held in the coming weeks at which key bodies would attend to identify a way forward to tackle domestic violence issues within borough.
The Director of Public Health presented the Multi Agency Action Plan for Tackling Alcohol Harm.
The report proposed three priority workstreams within the Multi Agency Action Plan for tackling Alcohol Related Harm in St Helens for delivery in 2019/2020, which had been identified as one of the Board’s priorities for action in the People’s Plan (2017-2020).
The Board was informed that a multi-agency task group had been established in 2018 and two workshops held to develop an action plan, which had been presented to the Board in January 2019.
The three areas had been identified as:
The Action Plan for Reducing Alcohol Harm in St Helens had been included within the report and outlined the identified priorities, key actions, tasks, lead responsibility, timescales and progress.
It was anticipated that these three priority work-streams would result in:
* Resolved that:
the report be noted;
the proposed three priority workstreams for delivery in 2019-2020 be approved;
(3) progress updated on each of the three alcohol related harm workstreams during the year be received by the Board.
The Director of Public Health presented the Health Protection Forum Update, which gave the Board an update on key issues relating to Health Protection.
Health Protection Forum had been in operation since Public Health
moved to the Council in 2013. The report to the Board highlighted
the key issues of the Forum and informed the Board of the renewed
terms of reference.
The Board discussed the flu vaccine and the need for a full evaluation of the flu programme to ensure improvement on the take up and effectiveness of the vaccine.
Board also discussed cancer screening and how to improve screening
for cancers, such as bowel cancer, particularly in the more
deprived areas of the borough.
* Resolved that:
the report be noted;
(2) the Board look to support the promotion of ‘Clean Air Day’ on 20 June 2019; and
(3) an evaluation of the flu programme with key recommendations for improvement be brought back to the Board in June 2019.
The Head of Public Health Commissioning presented the report on cardiovascular disease – atrial fibrillation, blood pressure and cholesterol (ABC).
Nationally, the NHS Health Check programme had been enabling mass screening, identification and prevention / treatment of disease. A new coalition led by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England announced the first ever national ambitions of improving the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (A-B-C).
The Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) High Blood Pressure Partnership Board and
Strategy had been securing funding and driving regional workstreams to Save Lives and Reduce the Pressure.
The report detailed initiatives that had taken place. These included a Blood Pressure Champions pilot in 2017/18, Health Kiosks which to date had undertaken 2,025 tests on 1,914 individuals, support of the CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative and development of a Quality Improvement Package for General Practices (GP’s) all of which had complimented local ongoing work taking place in General Practices and Pharmacies and by local services such as the Healthy Living Team and Stroke Association.
The Board was advised of a successful bid via CHAMPS in 2018 to the British Heart Foundation Innovation Fund with Cheshire and Mersey now set to receive a further £120k to deliver further innovation in this area across the region.
One of the main workstreams was to train blood pressure champions within work places, in St Helens, this involved the creation and training of 160 Workplace Champions by March 2020 creating a minimum of 1,200 new blood pressure checks over 18 months. During 2019/2020 and beyond, a range of campaigns, events and projects would also be taking place with the objective of raising the profile of ‘knowing your A-B-C’s’.
This included the ongoing innovative atrial fibrillation digital screening pilot, mass introduction of the British Heart Foundation Quality Improvement Audit Tool into GP’s, delivery of the annual ‘Healthy In St Helens’ event and linking in with campaigns such as the ‘May Measurement Month’ and ‘Know Your Numbers’ and encouraging local people to take online tests such as the Know Your Heart Age check.
* Resolved that:
the report be noted;
the intentions listed in paragraph 3.9 to 3.13 of
the report be approved;
the national ambitions set out by Public Health
England (PHE) and NHS England be acknowledged and supported by the
all Partners agree to support the roll out of the
blood pressure champions project in St Helens;
all Partners agree to actively engage in
promotional activities across the year encouraging employees and
service users to seeks a means to know their
(6) all Partners agree to undertake a Heart Age Test and encourage colleagues, friends and family to do the same; and
(7) a checklist of actions be provided to the Board to ensure that Partner agencies are able to promote engagement with the programme within their organisations.
The Assistant Director of Housing, Safer Communities, Recreation and Libraries presented the report on St Helens Homelessness Strategy for 2018-23.
The report advised the Board of the priorities for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in the borough over the lifetime of the St Helens Homelessness Strategy 2018-23, which had been approved by Cabinet at its meeting held on 14 November 2018.
Board was informed that the Homelessness Reduction Act came into
effect in April 2018. This Act placed new duties on local
authorities to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness and
extended the Council’s responsibilities to provide help to
all eligible households.
addition to the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act,
Central Government had also committed to reducing levels of rough
sleeping by 50% by 2022 and to end this by 2027. In order to
support these intentions, Central Government had announced that
£1.2bn would be awarded to local authorities and voluntary
organisations up to 2020.
Homelessness Act 2002 required every local authority to undertake a
review of homelessness in its area and to develop and publish a
Strategy for preventing homelessness based on the findings of that
The document identified how the Strategy would be delivered over the next five years and included an action plan which had been detailed in section 5 of the Strategy.
Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023 was attached to the report at
(1) the Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 and the priorities for tackling
homelessness in the Borough for the next 5 years be
Video will be screened on the St Helens Shared Care Record.
Strategic Director People's Services/Clinical Accountable
Officer presented the report on Progress in
Implementing the Integrated Local Care System, St Helens
Board was informed that the Provider System Lead approach was now
underpinned by a governance structure and a Collaboration Agreement
between NHS St Helens CCG, St Helens Council, St Helens &
Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Bridgewater
Community NHS Foundation Trust.
The report also contained an update on the following four priority areas:
The Board was informed that Transformation Schemes had been identified as priorities for the continued collaborative partnership working. These schemes addressed how to work differently and innovatively in order to build resilience in local communities, share and support local services and provision and had a positive impact for the local population.
As part of the report on implementation progress, the St Helens Cares information video was screened to Board Members.
* Resolved that the report be noted.
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday, 5 June 2019, at 2.30pm in Room 10, St Helens Town Hall
Wednesday, 5 June 2019, at 2.30pm in Room 10, St Helens Town Hall.