North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Consortium
Minutes of the Commissioner Only Meeting
held on Friday, 14 August 2009
Don Valley House, Sheffield
Annette Laban – Chair NHS Doncaster
Steve Wainwright NHS Barnsley
Simon Kirk NHS Sheffield
Louise Newcombe NHS Bassetlaw
Nigel Parkes NHS Rotherham
Cathy Edwards Yorkshire & the Humber SCG
Pia Clinton-Tarestad Yorkshire & the Humber SCG
Frances Carey Yorkshire & the Humber SCG
1 APOLOGIES Action
Jan Sobieraj NHS Sheffield
Ailsa Claire NHS Barnsley
Andy Buck NHS Rotherham
Tim Fowler NHS North East Lincolnshire
2 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 10 JULY 2009
The minutes were accepted as a true and accurate record.
3 MATTERS ARISING
(a) Establishment Agreement
Cathy Edwards reported that the work to finalise an establishment
agreement for NORCOM was still underway. Cathy was seeking to
maintain alignment with the agreements for the other two sub- Cathy
regional collaboratives and was therefore awaiting further discussions Edwards
in those areas. Once completed, the establishment agreement would
include a list of the services covered by NORCOM. The intention was
to present the revised establishment agreement to the September
Annette Laban queried whether the SCG currently held a risk register.
Cathy advised that it did not, but would need to do so.
(b) Cochlear Implant Service
Cathy Edwards fed back that there was concern from Sheffield Pia Clinton-
Teaching Hospitals that not all issues had been considered in the Tarestad
decision not to explore additional potential providers of cochlear
implantation services, when the matter was discussed at SCG.
One of the issues raised was the potential capacity constraints in
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Nottingham, and East Midlands SCG had expressed an interest in
exploring additional providers. It was agreed that this would be
explored, with a view to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals potentially
working with the established provider, if the capacity were deemed
(c) Morbid Obesity Procurement
Pia Clinton-Tarestad fed back that contract discussion had begun Pia Clinton-
with Derby and were due to begin with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Tarestad
Hospital early in September, with a view to the expanded morbid
obesity surgery services starting later in September.
Pia advised that there would be a need to divert referrals from
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals initially, with a view to moving towards a
more free choice model early next year.
Louise Newcombe advised that East Midlands SCG were currently Pia Clinton-
considering tendering for all obesity activity, with a view to reducing Tarestad
the number of providers. It was agreed that Pia would liaise with East
Midlands to understand their capacity/demand assumptions.
4 CHILD HEALTH SERVICES REVIEW
(a) Neonates Intensive Care
It was confirmed that the Chief Executives briefing meeting had been
planned for 23rd September to receive formal feedback on the draft
Following discussions between Cathy Edwards, Andy Buck, network
representatives and the authors of the report it had been agreed that
further consideration be given to the confidentiality issues.
Andy Buck would be discussing this particular issue with the lead
officer for the national confidential enquiries in to children’s services
eg. CESDI and CMACH to understand the relevant governance and
It was noted that the draft TNS data for 2006-2008 was showing
improvement across the network.
It was agreed that Andy Buck should provide a further general update
letter on all the issues, to PCTs.
5 MANAGEMENT BUDGET SUMMARY STATEMENT
Frances Carey tabled a final budget summary statement, which set out the
costs of the NORCOM and network management costs and SCG
management costs over the next five years.
This was noted.
6 INDEPENDENT SECTOR – CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
Cathy Edwards reported that the contract continued to underperform.
With regards to the ending of the contract, Cathy confirmed that it
was now accepted that the additional capacity for surgical activity at
Barlborough would not be required beyond the life of the current
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contract. The use of the facility for other services would be handled
via a competitive tendering process.
(a) Cytology Laboratory Services
Cathy reported that this procurement was still proceeding in
accordance with the agreed timetable.
10 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Steve Wainwright highlighted that there would be benefits in applying a
consistent contractual approach when agreeing swine flu plans with
providers. He agreed to take this forward with contracting colleagues.
11 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
Friday, 11 September 2009 in Room 4, RED Centre, Doncaster
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