Venue: Via Teams Live
Contact: Mrs KM Howard
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Lisa Harris, Carla Jones, Jim Leivers and Kath O’Dwyer.
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2020, be
approved and signed.
Declarations of Interest
No Declarations of Interest were made.
The Director of Public Health, Sue Forster presented the report on the Outbreak Management Board which updated the Board on the activities of The Health Protection Board and the Outbreak Management Board.
The report updated the Board on
the infection rates for COVID-19 in St Helens, death rates and
numbers relating to COVID-19, Outbreaks and Management, Schools and
Colleges, Care Homes and Communication and Engagement.
A seven Day BI Dashboard for the period of 15 to 21 September 2020 was screened to the Board. This detailed the number of positive cases (206), rate per 100,000 over period (114.4) and provided further detailed information on cases by sex, count of cases by age band, count by ward and ward rates per 100,000 over time period.
As part of the report the Board received a presentation ‘Outbreak Management St Helens’ which detailed the following:
· Update on the situation in St Helens;
· Known issues since the beginning September 2020; and
· Next Steps.
Board commented on the importance of communication within the local
community in order to understand the local risks and in ensuring
practices, particularly within Primary Care, were made aware of
events or progress so they could deal appropriately with
was raised if the increase in cases was being reflected by an
increase and access to testing. It was reported that there had been
an increase in St Helens for testing which lead to an increase in
positivity. At the end of August positivity was at 1.1% of all
tests done it was reported that positivity has been held at
6.7-6.7% for several weeks. Neighbouring areas by comparison were
* Resolved that:
the report and presentation be noted;
the activities of the Health Protection Board and
Outbreak Management Board be noted;
thanks be given to the Director of Public Health and the
Public Health Team on behalf of the Board on the ongoing management
of the outbreak; and
(4) the COVID dashboard and current status of COVID in St Helens be noted.
Councillor Bell, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities presented the report on Safer St Helens Executive update report which presented an update to the People’s Board following the recent meeting of the Safer St Helens Executive on 7 September 2020.
At the meeting of the People’s Board on 22 July 2020, the Board agreed to the creation of the Safer St Helens Executive to provide additional capacity to lead on strategic issues relating to community safety. Terms of Reference were also approved confirming that the Executive would update the People’s Board on issues relating to community safety following each Executive meeting.
The report advised the Board on the matters considered by the Executive which included:
· an agency update from all organisations represented;
· informing the partnership on issues such as response / recovery following the pandemic;
· current operational priorities and areas; and
· opportunities for future partnership support.
Executive was also given an update on preparations for
‘Operation Good Guy’; the umbrella name given to the
partnership work undertaken during the Autumn period. This included
responses to Halloween and Bonfire Night and on the ongoing
progress being made across the partnership in relation to domestic
The report also advised that following a request and referral from Merseyside Police, the Executive had agreed to the notification of the Home Office, establishment of a Domestic Homicide Review Panel and the appointment of an Independent Chair to lead a Review Panel.
* Resolved that the update report be noted.
Executive Director People’s Services/Accountable Officer CCG,
Sarah O’Brien gave a presentation to the Board on St Helens
The presentation ‘Third Phase of NHS Response to Covid-19’ detailed the following:
· Third Phase of NHS Response to Covid-19;
· A: Accelerating the return to near-normal levels of services;
· B: Preparation for winter alongside possible Covid Resurgence;
· C; Doing the above in a way that takes account of lessons learned;
· St Helens Place Submission Content; and
· Phase Three Planning Co-Ordination.
The Board noted the challenge that phase three of the NHS Covid 19 Response presented and the importance in now encouraging people to re-engage with health care and in getting the message of assurance and the importance in seeking help for health care issues to the public.
The Board noted the significant advantage that partnerships working in St Helens continued to offer in the ongoing management of the outbreak across the local authority, CCG/Primary Care and hospital.
* Resolved that the presentation be noted.
The Chief Executive Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action (VCA), Sally Yeoman and Assistant Director, Policy and Change, Sarah Bullock presented the report on the Role of St Helens Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise Sector in responding to Covid-19.
The presentation ‘Covid-19The response of the VCFSE sector across St Helens Borough’ detailed the following:
· First Steps;
· St Helens Together;
· St Helens Together – VCA Specific Response;
· VCFSE Sector and Recovery Risks; and
· St Helens Together What Next?
A report entitled ‘Impact
of Covid 19 Crisis on the Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social
Enterprise Sector in Halton and St Helens’ and ‘VS6
– Working Together to build a stronger Liverpool City
Region’ were appended to the report and appendix 1 and 2 for
Board Member’s information.
A query was raised regarding organisation and if what was being done was in line with the localities model and what was in place to ensure quality assurance of the groups that vulnerable people were being referred to.
It was noted that, during the
height of the pandemic, mobilisation was done quickly. However,
assurance was given that the groups utilised and signposted by the
VCA were membership organisations and that the VCA utilises a
volunteering portal where ID and information checks were
The Executive Director
People’s Services/Accountable Officer CCG advised that
localities working was the next stage of St Helens Cares
development and work was being undertaken as part of future
the report and presentation be
(2) the contribution the VCFSE sector has made to the Covid-19
response in St Helens be noted;
(3) the key role volunteering and volunteers have played be noted; and
(4) consideration be given to the 7 Recovery Recommendations and how partners continue to support the sustainability of the VCFSE sector in St Helens.
Date of Next Meeting
Wedneday, 18 November 2020 at 2.30pm.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 2.30pm.
Exclusion of the Public
Recommended that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item:
Item Reason (under Local Government Act 1972)
9 Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (inlucding the authourity holding that information) (Para 3 of Schedule 12a)
* Resolved that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item:
Reason (under Local Government Act 1972)
77 Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) (Para 3 of Schedule 12a).
The Good Childhood Inquiry Paper
Toby North and Dr Alexander Turner, The Children’s Society presented the report on The Good Childhood Inquiry Paper.
2019, the Council and Integrated Children’s Commissioning
Team commissioned The Children’s Society to carry out a
project to better understand the well-being of children and young
people in St Helens: the St Helens Good Childhood Well-being
The aim of the inquiry had been to identify aspects of life where children in St Helens were doing well and aspects where they were not doing so well, in order to identify local priorities for improving well-being for children and young people and for all partners to acknowledge these and explore further.
presentation entitled ‘St Helens Good Childhood Inquiry
Report 2020: Summary of Findings’ was made to the Board and
detailed the following:
· Survey Demographics;
· Overall Wellbeing in St Helens;
· School and Bullying;
· Living in St Helens;
· How Children in St Helens feel about themselves; and
· What Children think St Helens needs.
* Resolved that:
(1) the findings of the
St Helens Good Childhood Inquiry and presentation be
(2) the Board Supports
the full list of recommendations contained
Children’s Society’s report ‘Children and Young
People’s Well-being in St Helens’;
(3) the Board Support
the launch date of the 1October 2020
and this report, noting that the findings of the St. Helens Good
Childhood Inquiry and appendices be embargoed until 1 October
(4) a task and finish
group be established to oversee the implementation plan to delivery
on the actions and recommendations; and
(5) all partners consider the learning and actions going forward.