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					MINUTES OF HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MEETING 24TH JUNE 2008 Present: Councillor Mrs Fowler (in the Chair) Councillors R Bell Best Coleman Stansfield

In attendance: Mr S Sienkiewicz and Mrs B Jarvis, Business Services Directorate Mr A Kehoe, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Ms W Swift, Mr A Rajpura, Mr R Emmess, Blackpool Primary Care Trust Ms W Langtree and Mr A Rose, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Apologies: Apologies were noted from Councillors Mineur and Mrs Smith who were engaged elsewhere on Council business. 1. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were no declarations of interest on this occasion. 2. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13th MAY 2008 The Committee agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 13th May 2008 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record. 3. BLACKPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST UPDATE Mr Emmess, Blackpool Primary Care Trust, updated Members on progress of three key areas of work for the Trust relating to Dental Services, NHS 60th anniversary and Healthier Horizons. The Committee was advised that the number of people on the dental access database continued to be maintained at a consistent level. Mr Emmess outlined the various development plans for dentistry and highlighted that the introduction of the Dental Education Centre, which was due to become operational in the near future, was expected to further improve residents’ accessibility to a dentist. Mr Emmess reported that Blackpool Council, Blackpool Primary Care Trust and Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had been working closely together to develop a range of activities and events to celebrate the NHS’s 60th anniversary. He added that the intention was to include opportunities for public engagement during the celebrations.

MINUTES OF HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MEETING 24TH JUNE 2008 In response to a question from the Committee, Mr Emmess confirmed that the Afterthought Drama Company had been highly recommended and that it would be concentrating on the promotion of healthy lifestyles for its presentation. Mr Emmess reported on the North West Strategic Health Authority’s document ‘Healthier Horizons’. He advised Members that Blackpool Primary Care Trust was currently reviewing this document against its own priorities for reducing heath inequalities within the town. He added that Blackpool Primary Care Trust and the Strategic Health Authority would welcome feedback from Members on the Healthier Horizons document. Responding to questions from the Committee, it was reported that, in the main, the priority issues identified within the regional document for the North West area were similar to the priority areas identified for Blackpool. In addition, it was confirmed that the life expectancy in Blackpool was increasing at a slower rate than the rest of the country, resulting in a widening of the gap between life expectancy rates in Blackpool compared to the rest of the country. The Committee agreed to note the report and requested that a separate meeting be arranged with representatives from the various health trusts and the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committees to consider priority areas, the mapping of services and actions to improve the health of people within Blackpool. Background Papers: None 4. BLACKPOOL FYLDE AND WYRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST Mr Kehoe, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, reported that the Trust had continued to maintain its strong performance in relation to the national 18week referral to treatment target. He reported that there had been one case of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) this year, which was significantly lower than the same period last year. He advised Members that future efforts would be concentrated on reducing instances of C-difficile and that progress on this would be reported at future meetings. Members were also advised of recent key developments which had taken place within the Trust, including a new vascular laboratory which provided rapid access and diagnosis for patients suspected of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or transient ischemic attack (TIA), and the establishment of Nurse-led claudication clinics which General Practitioners could access directly through the Choose and Book service. The Committee was advised that the Trust’s Annual Members’ and Public meeting would be taking place at the De Vere Herons Reach in Blackpool on the evening of Monday 22nd September 2008 and that members of the public would be welcome to attend. In response to questions from the Committee, Mr Kehoe explained that the lean methodology involved utilising front line staff to review processes and that this had led to significant reductions in length of stay for patients, which had resulted in benefits for both patients and the Trust. Responding to a concern raised by a Member, Mr Kehoe agreed to provide a report on the increase in Sharp’s incidents at a future meeting.

MINUTES OF HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MEETING 24TH JUNE 2008 The Committee agreed to note the report and requested further updates at future meetings. Background Papers: None 5. BLACKPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST UPDATE ON PRIMARY CARE CENTRES Mr Emmess, Blackpool Primary Care Trust, gave a presentation on the development of the three new Primary Care Centres in Blackpool. He reported that the Primary Care Centres represented significant investment within Blackpool and highlighted the expected benefits for patients as a result of enhanced technology and the availability of a wider range of services from a single point of access. Members were advised that feedback obtained from the North Shore Primary Care Centre’s public engagement exercises had been generally positive and that the main issues raised were related to traffic management and car parking. Mr Emmess reported on the timescales for the development of each Primary Care Centre. He advised Members that the building of the Whitegate Drive Primary Care Centre had commenced in January 2008 and was on track to be completed by Autumn 2009. The Committee was also advised that planning permission for the South Shore Primary Care Centre had been granted in January 2008 and that it was expected that an application for planning permission for the Moor Park Primary Care Centre would be submitted at the end of July. Responding to questions from the Committee, it was confirmed that a sufficient number of practices had indicated that they would move into the new Primary Care Centres and that all patients, irrespective of where the practice was located, would still benefit from the services offered by the centres. Members were also advised that there would be doctors based at the Whitegate Drive Centre who would provide outreach facilities to a variety of locations within the community to improve access for the transient and homeless population. It was acknowledged that there were difficulties reaching this element of the population and Members were advised of a social marketing exercise which had been undertaken to establish effective methods of communication to these hard to reach groups. In response to concerns raised by Members, it was reported that there would be a suite of rooms dedicated to dentistry within the Whitegate Drive Centre and that a number of trainee dentists would also be based at the centre. Members were also advised that Blackpool Primary Care Trust was working closely with the Local Pharmaceutical Committee to discuss the siting of pharmacists within the Primary Care Centres. The Committee agreed to note the report and requested further updates at future meetings. Background Papers: None 6. DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT UNIT ON THE FYLDE COAST Ms Langtree, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, updated the Committee on the

MINUTES OF HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MEETING 24TH JUNE 2008 planned re-provision of the mental health inpatient units within Lancashire. She confirmed that a decision on the sequencing of the four units was imminent and that once the decision had been made, detailed consultations with the public would be undertaken. Mr Rose, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, advised Members that an advertisement for a professional team had been placed in the European Journal in preparation for the development of the first site. With regard to the Whyndyke site, which had been selected as the preferred site for the Fylde coast unit, Members were advised that the intention was to hold an initial meeting with residents in the immediate vicinity, followed by wider engagement with residents of the surrounding area. She confirmed that the consultations would take place prior to the application for planning permission. It was also reported that Blackpool and Fylde Councils would hold joint responsibility for planning, with the lead role determined by location of the unit. In response to questions from the Committee, it was reported that the opening date for the first unit was realistic as a result of the preparatory work already undertaken. It was also confirmed that the timescales were consistent with the Trust’s resources funding the capital expenditure, and that these timescales could be accelerated should alternative funding be secured. The Committee agreed to note the report and requested an update on progress at the next meeting. Background Papers: None 7. BLACKPOOL LOCAL INVOLVEMENT NETWORK Mr Sienkiewicz updated the Committee on progress in developing the Blackpool Local Involvement Network (LINks). He advised Members that the three stakeholder events, which had been held in the North, South and Central areas of the town had been well attended and had provided useful input into the governance arrangements for LINks. Members were advised that discussions were ongoing with potential host organisations and that it was expected that the host organisation would be in place by the beginning of September. The Committee agreed to note the report and requested further updates at future meetings. Background Papers: None 8. COMMITTEE WORKPLAN Mrs Jarvis presented the Annual Workplan for 2008 / 2009. The Committee was advised that a joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, convened to scrutinise North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Service Strategy, was scheduled to hold its final meeting in October.

MINUTES OF HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MEETING 24TH JUNE 2008 Members were also advised that the scoping document, formulated following the initial meeting of the joint Children’s Services and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee into childhood obesity, had been attached for Members’ approval. The Committee agreed to note the Workplan and to approve the childhood obesity scoping document. Background Papers: None

9. DATE OF NEXT MEETING The Committee agreed to note that the next meeting would be held on Tuesday 9th September 2008, commencing at 5.00pm in Committee Room E.

Chairman
(The meeting ended at 6.30 pm) Any queries regarding these minutes, please contact: Bernadette Jarvis, Democratic Services Adviser Tel: 01253 477123 E-mail: bernadette.jarvis@blackpool.gov.uk


				
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