Agenda and minutes

Health and Wellbeing Board - Thursday, 6 December 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Involve, The Court House, The Broadway, Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1AE

Contact: Lizzie Rich  01344 352253

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Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.


Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.


Any Member with an affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.


William Tong declared for clarity that he had joined the King’s Academy Binfield Governing Body.


Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which the chairman decides are urgent.


There were no urgent items of business.


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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on


The minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2018 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters Arising


There were no matters arising.



Public Participation

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There were no members of the public present.


Actions taken between meetings

Board members are asked to report any action taken between meetings of interest to the Board.


The Board discussed the actions their organisations were undertaking to support the key priorities in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.


Promoting Active and Healthy Lifestyles

Lisa McNally reported that Bracknell Forest had a fully integrated Health Improvement Service. There had been a reduction in the percentage of people who smoke in the Borough (16% to 13.3%), and a significant increase in the percentage of people doing physical activity (68% to 72%). There had also been a decrease in the number of under 18 conceptions.


William Tong commented that the Integrated Care Service was integral to the success of the four priorities in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.


Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Lisa McNally reported that 2,779 young people had used the online counselling service, Kooth since April 2015, and this number was growing. Young people were returning to use the service.


Gareth Barnard updated that he was scheduled to have a conference call on the CCG’s Local Transformation Plan to ensure the outcomes were sufficiently child focussed The Board agreed that the autism and ADHD pathways were key to address to resolve waiting times. Funding had been made available, but Board  members were not clear about how this might be used to address waiting times, and stressed how it was important to see transformational change to develop consistency for different cases.


The Board discussed the relationship between statutory partners and the Voluntary and Community Sector. It was agreed that an intermediary arrangement needed to be developed to support the Voluntary and Community Sector while any partner was piloting new arrangements. It was noted that while transformation of existing services was critical, maintaining current service level was also critical.


Preventing people becoming socially isolated and lonely

Lisa McNally reported that The Public Health team had worked with 21 new community groups in Q2, more than double the number worked with in the previous quarter (10).


William Tong reported that social prescribing had been developed to address this objective.


Workforce - having enough people with the right skills, and suitable premises from which to deliver services.

Lisa McNally reported that Making Every Contact Count (MECC) work had been extended to social care staff in Bracknell Forest, where usually it was offered only to NHS staff


William Tong reported under the Workforce update that the CCG had their workforce running under ‘networks’ of GP practices and the Federation for Bracknell and Ascot. Networks of GP practices enabled practices to work at scale to create transformation plans for primary care. Workforce had been addressed, and some pilots had taken place with a paramedic, physiotherapist or prescribing pharmacist being based at GP practices.




Agency Updates


Dale Birch reported that the Health and Wellbeing Board had been asked for a response on the Frimley ICS Operating Plan 2019-20. All partners were to be asked to their response for collation into a response on behalf of the Board. 


Dale Birch reported that Councillors had received a presentation on Modern Slavery which had been very useful. The Board commented that sub-groups of the Community Safety Partnership and the Local Safeguarding Children Board were assessing the area of Criminal Exploitation, and the Board recognised this area of impact in the Borough. Board members were invited to the Community Safety Partnership meeting in January where the same presentation would be given. (Action: Ian Boswell)


Philip Cook reported that the Local Authority were undertaking a review of their engagement with the Voluntary Community Sector. The Voluntary and Community Sector welcomed the consistency, and hoped to see other partners following the Local Authority’s approach and review their engagement. It was noted that the CCG was expecting to decrease its direct commissioning of the Voluntary Community Sector over time to encourage a sustainable and independent system. The Board commented that the transition between a Voluntary and Community Sector dependent on the CCG and an independent system would have to be carefully managed, to address expectations of charities and the general public.  The Board stressed the need to perceive commissioning as more than procurement, and to address predictive need.


Philip Cook reported that Berkshire Community Foundation had published their Vital Signs report, and encouraged Partners to take a look.