Agenda and draft minutes

Health and Wellbeing Board - Tuesday, 22 February 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Online Only

Contact: Paris O'Keeffe-Johnston  01344 351534


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To receive apologies for absence and to note the attendance of any substitute members.


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.


There were no declarations of interest.


Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which the chairman decides are urgent.


Stuart Lines, Director of Public Health: East Berkshire, raised an urgent item of business regarding the Government announcement on 21 February 2022 on the next stage of pandemic response.


It was reported that the next stage of the pandemic was to move into an endemic. This meant treating COVID-19 as a regular virus, ending self-isolation rules along with scaling down testing and contact tracing infrastructure. Testing for vulnerable individuals and care workers was to remain. The vaccine was the best way to fight the virus which was extended to 5-11 year olds. It was suspected that an annual program linked to the flu campaign was to follow. It was reported that the UK Health Security Agency was to liaise with local authorities and work with communities during this phase.



Minutes from Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 153 KB

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


The minutes of the meetings held on 2 December 2021 were approved as a correct record.


Matters Arising


There were no matters arising.


Public Participation

QUESTIONS: If you would like to ask a question you must arrive 15 minutes before the start of the meeting to provide the clerk with your name, address and the question you would like to ask. Alternatively, you can provide this information by email to the clerk at at least two hours ahead of a meeting. The subject matter of questions must relate to an item on the Board’s agenda for that particular meeting. The clerk can provide advice on this where requested.



PETITIONS: A petition must be submitted a minimum of seven working days before a Board meeting and must be given to the clerk by this deadline. There must be a minimum of ten signatures for a petition to be submitted to the Board. The subject matter of a petition must be about something that is within the Board’s responsibilities. This includes matters of interest to the Board as a key stakeholder in improving the health and wellbeing of communities.


There were no items submitted for public participation.


Update on mental health service improvement for children and young people pdf icon PDF 667 KB

Discussion on CAMHS and ASD / ADHD under Health and Wellbeing Strategy Priority 2: Promote mental health and improve the lives and health of people with mental-ill health


Fiona Slevin-Brown, Frimley CCG; Tracey Faraday-Drake, Frimley ICS; and Karen Cridland, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, presented an update on mental health service improvement for children and young people.


In response to questions, the following points were noted:

·        A partnership approach between the Children and Young Person Board, Care Quality Commission and Ofsted would be taken to monitor performance. As a multi-agency structure all partners will be involved in addressing issues and monitoring performance as a high priority.

·        The new support organisation GEMS was not provided by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust but was commissioned by the CCG to provide pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis support for autism and ADHD. The service was provided by Solutions for Health and works closely with the voluntary sector, primarily online during the pandemic.

·        In order to quantify the scale of demand or a needs assessment referrals are monitored on a monthly and yearly basis. It was noted that Autism, ADHD and eating disorder referrals were increased during the pandemic. Additionally, needs of service users were more complex.

·        It was requested that the health and wellbeing strategy includes supporting a whole school approach to health and wellbeing, through PSHE and physical health initiatives such as the Sandwell Charter mark.

·        It was requested that future meetings include statistics on children in care in Bracknell Forest that used the services.

·        It was requested that each member of the board build an organisational profile detailing what their involvement is in CAMHS specifically, to include a brief statement of their roles and responsibilities.

·        A national initiative in England that would embed multi-health support teams in schools saw one team set up in Bracknell on September 2021. It was noted that this would be reported on once there is more data over a period of time.

·        The neurodiversity action plan was waiting for guidance and risk assessments before being able to be presented.

·        The Children and Young Person Plan has a review period of 4 months. Regular updates will be provided to colleagues to shape the review.



JSNA Launch pdf icon PDF 9 KB

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ShamarkeEsse, Public Health Programme Officer, presented the new JSNA website.


All areas of the JSNA website were demonstrated to board members and feedback was asked for. The website was due to go live on 31 March 2022.


Members thanked Sharmarke for the thorough demonstration of the website.


A question was raised on how the data on the website was updated. It was noted that the data was populated by national and local releases of data which would update consecutively.


Health and Wellbeing Strategy consultation pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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Andrew Hunter, Executive Director: Place, Planning & Regeneration, reported on the progress of the Health and Wellbeing strategy consultation. 


It was noted that the consultation began at the end of January 2022, and there remained one week until the consultation was due to close. Members were asked to encourage people to respond to the consultation. Once the consultation had ended, updates were to be brought to meetings and to adapt the strategy accordingly.



Agency Updates


There were no agency updates.