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Agenda and minutes
Health, Housing and Adult Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 7:00 pm
Venue: Salon - York House. View directions
Contact: Louise Hall, Democratic Services Officer Tel: 020 8891 7813 e-mail: email@example.com
The Chairman’s introduction.
The Chair welcomed the members of the new Health, Housing and Adult Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee to the inaugural meeting and members introduced themselves.
The Chair looked forward to the good work that the Committee would hopefully achieve during the coming years.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
In accordance with the Members' Code of Conduct, Members are requested to declare any interests at the start of the meeting and again immediately before consideration of the matter. Members are reminded to specify the agenda item number to which it refers and whether the interest is of a personal or prejudicial nature.
No declarations of interest were received.
To consider and approve the minutes of the Health, Housing and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 16 March 2010 – attached.
The minutes of the last meeting of the Health, Housing and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee which has now been replaced with this committee were put forward for consideration and approval by the Committee. Although members present had not served on the previous committee Councillor Urquhart was in attendance (previous Chairman) and confirmed that she had seen the draft minutes as had the previous Vice Chairman and that they both agreed that they were an accurate record. On this basis the committee approved the minutes as a correct record and the Chairman was authorised to sign them.
HEALTH, HOUSING AND ADULT SERVICES OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - TERMS OF REFERENCE
The Committee is asked to note the terms of reference for the new Committee.
It was RESOLVED that the Terms of Reference for the Health, Housing and Adult Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee as approved by Council at its meeting of 25 May 2010 be noted.
DIRECTOR OF ADULT AND COMMUNITY SERVICES,STRATEGIC CABINET MEMBER FOR ADULT SERVICES and the CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NHS RICHMOND
Presentations by the Director of Adult and Community Services, Strategic Cabinet Member for Adult Services and the Chief Executive of NHS Richmond introducing the work of the Directorate, the priorities of the new administration and the current position of NHS Richmond respectively.
The Committee received presentations from Cathy Kerr, Director of Adult and Community Services at LBRuT, Councillor Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet member for Adult Services, Health & Housing and Joan Mager, Chief Executive of NHS Richmond.
The Director of Adult and Community Services described the duties of the Directorate which fell under the following areas:
The Committee would be concerned with the Overview and Scrutiny of work and policies relating to the Frontline duties. Ms Kerr also explained the staffing structure to the Committee and highlighted those staff that they would be likely to see at the Committee. The Committee heard that the Directorate had:
In recent times the Directorate had:
Priorities for the future included:
Next, the Cabinet Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, Councillor Urquhart addressed the Committee. She described the new Conservative administrations priorities for the future, these were:
She also mentioned the importance of maintaining and improving adult health in the older generation of Richmond Borough residents by encouraging vaccination.
Finally the Chief Executive of NHS Richmond, Joan Mager addressed the Committee. She provided a background to NHS Richmond and then referred to the following points:
In conclusion she informed the committee that the White Paper from Government that would make the future clearer for Health Services in Britain and ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
An opportunity for Committee Members to ask questions on the presentations received under Item 3.
The Floor was opened to questions from Members to the speakers from item 5.
Following questions from Members, Officers gave the Committee the following information:
This report outlines progress that has been made towards the introduction of Borough Based Commissioning since 2010.
The Committee received a joint report of the Directors of Adult and Community Services and Education, Children’s and Cultural Services and the Chief Executive of NHS Richmond the purpose of which was to update the Committee on the progress made on Borough Based commissioning since 16 March 2010.
Since 16 March:
Discussion followed regarding the processes that were in place or being put in place to deal with GP Commissioning if and when it did arrive. The Committee heard that experiences were being drawn from fund holding times as well new ideas being floated on how the system might look after any change was implemented. Officers were happy that as much preparation as possible was taking place and ain as joined up a way as possible.
The Committee asked that it be updated
regularly on progress in this area.
It was RESOLVED
That at all meetings of the Committee an update on the progress of
Borough Based Commissioning be RECEIVED
That Dr Marilyn Plant be INVITED to the next
meeting of the Committee
3. That the progress to date on developing robust arrangements to strengthen borough based commissioning of community services be NOTED
This report will update the Committee on the measures undertaken since the Southwark fire to enhance safety in the Borough’s Social Housing.
The Committee received a report of the Assistant Director of Community Services Operations, Adult & Community Service regarding fire risk assessments in housing. The purpose of the report was to describe to members of the Committee the current concerns and possible ambiguities around good practice in carrying out Fire Risk Assessments and to outline actions taken to deal with such issues. The Committee heard that the recent fire and ensuing investigation at Southwark had raised concerns for all social Landlords. However to put the events in Southwark into perspective it was reported that there had only been 136 fires in Council managed stock in the last 10 years in Richmond.
The Assistant Director went on to describe some of the areas where criticism had been levelled at other authorities, the guidance available and the actual actions that Richmond Housing Partnership and Richmond Council take. He also explained the circumstances surrounding the inspection of RSL owned houses in particular HMO’s and explained that it was not totally clear where responsibilities began and ended. Richmond was therefore seeking Counsel’s advice.
The following issues were raised during the discussion with members:
It was RESOLVED:
This report sets out the Committee work programme for 2010/11, to give an opportunity to consider possible training and to note the broad principles behind scrutiny.
Report of the Head of Democratic Services, attached.
The Committee received a report of the Head of Democratic Services regarding the Work Programme for the Committee for the next Council Year. The purpose of the report was to set out the work programme as it was inherited from the previous committee, consider possible training and to not the principles behind scrutiny.
Training needs and opportunities were also briefly discussed.
The committee discussed the recommendations in the report and RESOLVED: