Agenda and minutes

Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Tuesday, 16 July 2019 7.30 pm

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Contact: Kirstine Berry 

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Minutes and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 301 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 4 June 2019.


To review the Actions Log arising from the Minutes and to provide an update on any issues arising since the last meeting.

Additional documents:


RESOLVED: that the Minutes of the Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel held on 4 June 2019 be approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chairman.


There were no comments arising from Members from the Action Log and there were no issues arising since the last meeting.


The Chairman gave congratulations to Nikki Edwards, Executive Director: People and her team on behalf of the Panel for the successful inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of New Hope run by the Drug and  Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) at Bracknell Forest Council.  He commented in particular on the fact that working relationships in respect of the Learning Disability Team were found to be ‘Outstanding’ in the report.


Declarations of Interest and Party Whip

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests and the nature of that interest, including the existence and nature of the party whip, 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 relating to any items on the agenda, nor any indication that Members would be participating under the party whip.


Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.


There were no urgent items of business.


Public Participation

To receive submissions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance in accordance with the Council’s Public Participation Scheme for Overview and Scrutiny.


No submissions had been made by members of the public under the Council’s Public

Participation Scheme for Overview and Scrutiny.


Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 8 KB

To consider scheduled Executive Key and Non-Key Decisions relating to Adult Social Care, Health and Housing.


Councillor Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing provided the Panel with a verbal update on the Executive Work Programme.

With reference to IO84567, Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements, the Panel were advised that:

·         Joint Safeguarding arrangements were to be presented to the Executive on 23 July 2019 and were based on the work that had been done last year when the Panel were advised that the joint arrangements were being reviewed.

·         During the examination of safeguarding it had been decided to establish our own separate safeguarding board but the major change was that instead of it being solely a safeguarding adults board, it was now a joint adults and children’s safeguarding board. 

·         The main board would have statutory partners on it.

·         It was complex to bring the two structures together.  The children’s side of safeguarding was heavily steeped in legislation with statutory posts etc, and the adults side had a less statutory function.

·         The main board will consist of Police, Health and Local Authority who would meet four times a year and would pass to the relevant children’s /adults board the policy changes, monitoring and performance data, and then those boards would manage the day to day elements and appoint task and finish groups to do the routine work, such as significant reports. 

·         There would be professionals with children’s and adults experience working on the same disciplinary teams so that there were no gaps. 

·         The report was in the public domain in the agenda for next week’s Executive and Members were advised to review it.

Looking forwards in the Executive Forward Plan, one of the items for September when Members would get to see it was the Safeguarding Adults Report.  After this report, future reports would be joint.

The only other scheduled item in September was the Annual Complaints Report for the department which would be brought to the Executive through the usual channels.

Members were advised that the new Council plan in September would determine what the departments would be putting up for decision and the associated timings.

There were no questions from Members.




Workshop to develop proposals for the Overview and Scrutiny Work programme pdf icon PDF 33 KB

A workshop for Members to discuss proposed key workstreams including:


1.    Integrated Care System (ICS)


2.    Bracknell Forest Council Housing Strategy Development

Members are asked to consider the following questions specifically in relation to development of the Housing Strategy Development:

-       What is your vision for housing in Bracknell Forest?

-       What top three things should the revised Housing Strategy focus upon?

-       What are the key challenges for housing in Bracknell Forest?


The outputs from which will inform the development of the Overview and Scrutiny work programme.

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The Chairman introduced the workshop and outlined that the objective of the workshop was to generate a list of topics for scrutiny.  The list of topics would be submitted to the Overview and Scrutiny Commission for consideration and would contribute to the development of the Panel’s work programme for the coming months and years.

As a result of discussions between the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, Executive Director: People and departmental Associate Directors, 2 workstreams for scrutiny’s contribution had been identified:

·        The Integrated Care System (ICS)

·        Development of the Housing Strategy for Bracknell Forest


The Chairman invited everyone present at the meeting, where appropriate, to take part in and contribute to the workshop so that a range of ideas, views and opinions could be captured.

Councillor Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing provided the workshop with a brief overview of the ICS.  He advised the workshop that:

·        The ICS footprint covered East Berkshire, Northants, Surrey Heath and South Buckinghamshire and covered a population of approximately 750,000 people.

·        The ICS was created via the National Health Service (NHS) as an entity but had no legislation in support of it yet, but that legislation was planned and was going out to consultation to formally describe how the ICS would be used across the footprint in the future.

·        The funding of the ICS was designed to save the NHS £20 billion. Part of the rationale was to share health and social care and join them up sharing them with the partners in the system. 

·        As a Local Authority we needed to make sure our plans showed due regard to NHS partner plans and vice versa. It was also necessary to ensure that the messages coming out of the NHS colleagues and partners were put into plain language and delivered to residents in a clear and understandable way.

Melanie O’Rourke, Assistant Director Adult Social Care, introduced the Frimley System ICS-Bracknell Forest Council Focus, Plan on a Page to the workshop and explained that it:

·        Provided the workshop with the Bracknell perspective. 

·        The left hand column were the priorities set by the ICS that related to the NHS 5 year plan.  The NHS 10 year plan had been introduced and the 5 year plan would be refreshed but was anticipated to be very similar.

·        The middle column described what it meant to Bracknell.

·        The right hand column described the golden thread and the planned activity that drew what Bracknell was doing back to the ICS priorities.

Further detail was provided that related to each of the ICS priority areas for Bracknell Forest’s activity:

·        Priority 1.  Cynthia Folarin, Consultant Public Health, was involved in many of the projects as many of them were public health related.  The list of activities in the middle column described what Bracknell Forest were doing to deliver the priority 1 objective of the ICS.

·        Priority 4.  Bracknell Forest will be required to interact with the new primary care networks (PCNs) to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Panel has been scheduled for 05 September 2019.



The next meeting of the Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Panel has been scheduled for 05 September 2019.