Agenda, decisions and minutes

Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 16th December, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - City Hall, Bradford

Contact: Jane Lythgow 

Items
No. Item

33.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest.

 

 

34.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Jane Lythgow - 01274 432270)

 

Minutes:

No requests were received to remove the restriction on a report or background paper.

 

 

35.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Any referrals that have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

No referrals were received.

 

 

36.

CARERS SERVICES CONTRACT IN BRADFORD DISTRICT & CRAVEN pdf icon PDF 274 KB

The report of the Strategic Director of Health and Wellbeing (Document “N”) provides an update on the Council and CCG’s jointly commissioned Carer Service within Bradford District and Craven.

 

This report provides information on the emerging needs of unpaid carers as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

 

Recommended –

 

That the content of the report be noted.

 

(Tony Seeky – 01274 433559)

 

 

Decision:

 

 

Resolved:-

 

That an update report, including information on safeguarding and LGBTQ issues, be presented as part the Committee’s 2022/23 programme of work.

 

Action: Strategic Director, Health and Wellbeing

 

(Tony Sheeky – 01274 433559)

Minutes:

The report of the Strategic Director, Health and Wellbeing (Document “N”) provided an update on the Council and CCG’s jointly commissioned Carer Service within Bradford District and Craven.

 

The Strategic Director, Health and Wellbeing accompanied by the Strategic Director, Keeping Well and the Commissioning Manager were in attendance and with the invitation of the Chair, officers gave a detailed narrative of the report, as follows, on 17 of November 2020 the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee received an update on the Council and CCG’s jointly commissioned Carer Service within Bradford District and Craven.

 

The latter included information on the emerging needs of unpaid carers as a

result of COVID-19 impacts. It was then committee then resolved that a further update report on the Carers Service was to be submitted to the Committee in 2021.

 

This report provides a further update on the jointly commissioned Carers Service focusing particularly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on service delivery and the further emerging impacts of COVID-19 on unpaid carers.

 

Following introduction, a question and answer session ensued:

·         How was the public in need of vital support made aware of availability of services?

o   Such challenges, the Carer Navigator servicehad promoted the use of a website with a promotional video, actively promoted on local and community radio broadcasts. Stepped up efforts to maintain contact with ward staff and social work departments to maintain a flow of referrals and reinforce positive relationships. Provided support to carers referred to the Carer Navigator provision by telephone, text, email and Zoom; and,

·         In terms of supporting 168 parent carers, 149 of these being female and 19 being male and 57 belonging to the BAME community. Was this data contained in the report accurate.

o   Yes, however, the two statistics may not have probably detailed enough in terms of local statistics nevertheless the service could probably put some more work into getting the true global picture of statistics.

 

The following comments were made by the committee:

·         It was paramount for protection safety issues be included in line with processes for accountability for the purpose of coming across situations where an individual who needs support but care resources are under pressure;

·         As well as analysis of data on unpaid carers support throughout the Bradford District, it was equally paramount to evaluate whether the Council and CCG’s jointly commissioned Carer Service within Bradford District and Craven gave same emphasis to LGBT people. Information on whether the services were being used and what attitudes towards these services among their users were appropriate. There was vast information about LGBT people’s experiences of using the health system on the internet and therefore service needs to be equally focused on LGBT communities with their day-to-day interaction with health and social care services across the board rather than only addressing problems that exist with specific services. There was much work still to do to improve carer service provisions with LGBT communities as such aspects are an important part  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

UPDATE ON THE OCTOBER 2020 REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MENTAL WELLBEING OF PEOPLE IN BRADFORD DISTRICT pdf icon PDF 386 KB

The report of the Director of Public Health and Director of Keeping Well (Document “O”) provides an update of the current situation in mental health and mental health services for adults and gives an overview of the work that has taken place over the last year to both prevent mental illness, and to support those with mental ill-health, including those that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Recommended –

 

The Committee are asked to note the progress of the system in responding to the Covid-19 mental health needs assessment of July 2020. 

 

(Kris Farnell/Sarah Exall - 01274 237537)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Resolved:-

 

That an update, including information on the reviews of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and older adults, be presented in 12 months.

 

Action: Director of Public Health / Director of Living Well

 

(Kris Farnell / Sarah Exall – 01274 237537)

Minutes:

The report of the Director of Public Health and Director of Keeping Well (Document “O”) provided an update of the current situation in mental health and mental health services for adults and gave an overview of the work that had taken place over the last year to both prevent mental illness, and to support those with mental ill-health, including those that had been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The two Directors were present and were requested by the Chair to make representations to the committee. In October 2020, the CCG and the Public Health department of CBMDC brought a paper to this committee highlighting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of Bradford districts’ residents. This paper considered the insight and evidence from a Covid-19 mental health needs assessment published in July of that year. The needs assessment highlighted the increased risk of mental illness – notably depression, anxiety, and suicide – in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. All communities in Bradford were potentially affected. However, some communities were thought to be at greater risk than others of mental illness. The needs assessment was used to develop plans and identify areas of need for future spending on mental health across the system.

 

This report aimed to describe how this has been used to target work and investments, with the overarching aims of improving mental health, preventing mental health decline, reducing inequalities, and improving services for those who need them. In response to the findings of the needs assessment, the service restated its strategic ambitions for improving mental wellbeing and reducing inequalities in mental health across Bradford District and Craven within a refreshed local mental wellbeing strategy. In turn, key programmes of work were established to drive forward improvements required across our community mental health provision and crisis, liaison, and acute mental health services. These programmes were facilitated under the governance of our Act as One partnership.

 

Following presentation of the report, a PowerPoint was provided to the committee that gave a narrative of work functions undertaken, as following:

·         Overview

o   A rapid Mental Health Needs Assessment in July 2020 highlighted the increased risk of mental illness as a result of the covid-19 pandemic;

o   The needs assessment was used to develop plans and identify areas of need for future spending on mental health across the system;

o   Represented system approach to mental health for adults, and demonstrates the close partnership working which is vital to our efforts; Set out the challenges faced in the coming months and years.

·         Partnership Work and Governance

·         Local Needs

·         Reducing inequalities

·         Prevention and Early Intervention

·         Community Mental Health Transformation

·         Crisis and Liaison Acute Mental Health Services

·         Challenges

·         Successes

·         Next Steps

 

A question and answer session ensued:

·         Unfortunately, a number of support services had temporarily paused due to lockdown restrictions and therefore unable to maintain a safe continuity of crucial services with a view to ensuring people could stay well or get well and be able to access timely crisis  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.

38.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

The report of the City Solicitor (Document “P”) presents the work programme 2021/22.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Committee notes the information in Appendix A.

 

(Caroline Coombs – 01274 432313)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

No resolution was passed on this item

Minutes:

The report of the City Solicitor (Document “P”) presented the work programme 2021/22.

 

No resolution was passed on this item.