Agenda and minutes

Health Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Leek

Contact: Sally Hampton - Member & Community Support Officer  Tel: 01538 395429 Email:

No. Item


Notification of Substitute Members.


There were none.


To Approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting. pdf icon PDF 209 KB


DECIDED:    That the Minutes of the Meeting held on the 14th June 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Minutes of the Last Meeting of the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee. pdf icon PDF 322 KB


DECIDED:    That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee held on 30th January 2018 be noted.


Urgent Items of Business.


There were none.


Declaration of Interests:

·         Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

·         Other Interests


Agenda No.

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest



Non specific




Cllr J. Redfern


Other – Employed in a non-clinical role at UHNM.

Non specific

Cllr J. Jones

Other – Employed by WMAS.

Non specific

Cllr T. Riley

Other – A member of the family is an NHS employee.



Questions to Portfolio Holders, if any.


(At least two clear days notice required, in writing, to the Proper Officer in accordance with Procedure Rule 15).




There were none.


North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust Annual Update - Andrew Hughes, Director of Strategy, Development and Estates.


The Panel received a presentation from Andrew Hughes,  Director of Strategy, Development and Estates of the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. This included:


·         An overview of the mental health services provided and area covered

·         CQC Service Ratings

·         Approach and Vision

·         Statistical information

·         Accessibility

·         Recovery

·         Staff engagement

·         Localities and working at scale

·         Leek and Biddulph locality

·         Successes and achievements



Discussion took place around the increased reliance on the voluntary sector, the  innovative practice at a surgery in Cheadle and the Memorial Hall in Ipstones which had a consulting room for the voluntary sector to use.  


A member of the Panel queried some issues with electronic recording, staff engagement, recruitment and rates of supervision within the latest CQC report.  The officer responded to the effect that the NSCHT had implemented a new electronic recording system and issues with wifi blindspots had now improved. Issues identified in supervision were around managerial supervision and not in relation to clinical supervision. The recruitment of staff  was a national challenge.


A further question was raised in relation to adolescent eating disorders and it was confirmed that at present there wasn’t a separate service for younger people with this disorder which wasn’t always appropriate.  


Concern was also expressed around the out of hours service for mental health and  the 1 hour waiting time target for the Raid RAID team. A request was made for a central point of contact for ambulance crews and additional training in triage for mental health.


Andrew advised that the out of hours service was underfunded, NSCHT spent time in the Control Room on a fortnightly basis and that the 1 hour waiting time for RAID was nationally set.


Members shared their experiences of vulnerable people in the community, increased numbers of people with dementia and the need for more GP cover.


The Chair thanked the officer for the attending the meeting and providing an interesting presentation.


DECIDED: That the presentation be noted.


Work Programme. pdf icon PDF 109 KB


Any additional items to be added to the Work Programme:-


·         Chairman’s items;

·         Members items.



The Panel considered its Work Programme and agreed the items listed, subject to, an item being added in relation to young people and mental health.


At this point in the meeting the Panel discussed alternative start times and flexibility on the day of the week for the meetings of the Panel to be held.


DECIDED:  That the Panel’s Work Programme for 2018/19 be agreed.